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The world’s oldest mummies, created by Chile’s Chinchorro people 5,000 years ago, predate Egyptian mummies by two millennia. Preserved in the arid Atacama Desert, these relics offer insights into ancient life. However, climate change and human development threaten their preservation. Despite UNESCO’s World Heritage designation and museum exhibits, many mummies remain at risk. Increased atmospheric humidity, driven by rising sea surface temperatures, could lead to decomposition, endangering these ancient remains, according to paleo-ecologist Claudio LaTorre.

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