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Unseen Collection Of 150 Mummified Humans, Animals And Burial Artefacts Went On Display In The US

A previously unseen collection of 150 mummified humans, animals and burial artefacts went on display in the US this month.

The Mummies of the World exhibition opened at the California Science Center, Los Angeles, and is being billed as the largest travelling exhibition of mummies ever assembled

A pre-Columbian mummy from Chile. On display are exhibits culled from more than 20 museums and seven countries, which range from the 11th century to over 6,000 years in age. The exhibition includes 45 human and animal mummies and an assortment of burial artefacts including amulets, statues and fragments from the Book of the DeadPhotograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

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Detail of one of the mummies viewed through a magnifying glass Photograph: ZUMA/Rex Features

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Mummies of 18th century Hungarians Michael Orlovits, his wife Veronica and their son JohannesPhotograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

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Michael Orlovits emerges from a CT scanner at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The remains of the Orlovits family were with a group of mummies found in 1994 in a church crypt in Vác, HungaryPhotograph: Adam Lau/AP

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A CT scan of the skull of Michael OrlovitsPhotograph: Adam Lau/AP

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The mummy of Johannes Orlovitz, who was one year old when he died. The gown and bonnet are replicas of the original clothes in which he was buried Photograph: ZUMA/Rex Features

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Veronica Orlovits, wearing a replica of the original dress in which she was buried Photograph: ZUMA/Rex Features

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The Detmold Child, a Peruvian child mummy radiocarbon-dated to 4504-4457 BC, about 3,000 years before the birth of King TutankhamunPhotograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

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A 13th century mummy of an adult female from ancient PeruPhotograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

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The woman is thought to have suffered from arthritis in her hands and lower back, and was probably 45-50 years old when she diedPhotograph: ZUMA/Rex Features

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Mummy of a human fetus that died from a rare spinal tube defect in the 30th week of pregnancyPhotograph: ZUMA/ Rex Features

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The sarcophagus of an Egyptian priest called Nes-Pa-Qa-Shuti dating back to about 650 BCPhotograph: ZUMA/ Rex Features

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The mummy of an Egyptian man dated to around 408 BCPhotograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

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A naturally preserved Argentinian howler monkeyPhotograph: ZUMA/Rex Features

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The mummy of a Peruvian man who was about 30 years old at the time of his death some 1,000 years agoPhotograph: ZUMA/Rex Features

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