| San Pedro Mountain Mummy |
|Status||lost or destroyed|
|Height||8-14 inches in height|
It was later displayed in a store window, and postcards of its likeness were sold. It was billed as a “mummified pygmy” and became a sideshow attraction. The mummy was in the possession of Ivan Goodman, a Casper, Wyoming car dealer, when he took the mummy to a man named as Leonard Wadler who never returned the mummy, and it has not been seen again.
Natural dehydration and control conditions led to mummification.
the mummy was loaned to Dr. Harry Shapiro, curator of biological anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City who examined it and took X-rays, the original films are said to now be lost. It was agreed that the mummy was a human baby, either stillborn or dead shortly after birth probably of anencephaly, the congenital absence of a large part of the brain.
Scientists have also linked the similarities of another mummy called the "Chiquita". The two are, to date, the only such mummies ever found.
Anencephaly is a neural tube defect, causing the absence of a major part of the skull, brain, and scalp. The cranial vault may remain open as the skull continues to develop. If an anencephalic birth is not still born, it may live several days but seldom longer.