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More than 30 mummies are arriving in crates this morning at the Buffalo Museum of Science for a new exhibit which premieres April 12 and runs through the summer.

At total of fifty human and animal mummies, along with related artifacts, will be on display “Mummies of the World: The Exhibition,” providing insights into past cultures and civilizations.

“It is currently the largest collection of human and animal mummies assembled,” said Erin Jacobs, the exhibit’s spokeswoman.

This is the tour’s 10th stop, but Jacobs said many of the mummies in the collection will be put on public display for the first time in Buffalo.

Doctors at Roswell Park Cancer Institute will examine an infant mummy April 2, performing a “virtual autopsy” using state-of-the-art 3D CT scan technology. They hope to determine the mummy’s gender and age, and identify evidence of disease or injury.

“The results from the CT scan, and the animations that are created from the data, will be used in “Mummies of the World” to give visitors insight into the life of the young child,” said Heather Gill-Frerking, director of Science and Education of American Exhibitions, the exhibit’s producer.

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