Scientists found a mummy who died due to constipation.

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In 1937, a man called Guy Skiles discovered the naturally preserved and mummified bones in a rockshelter near the confluence of the Rio Grande and Pecos rivers in South Texas. The mummy was preserved at a private museum until 1968, when it was given to the Institute of Texas.

Researchers suggest that this mummy lived in the lower Pecos canyolands of Texas between 1000 and 1400 years ago. The study suggested that the mummy may have died from a terrible case of constipation.

Reinhard's team wrote in the journal Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz in 2003 that they had found 2.6 pounds (1,170 grams) of feces inside the mummy, as well as a lot of food that the person's body never broke down. Based on these results and the size of his colon, the researchers came to the conclusion that he had very terrible constipation and wasn't getting enough food because his body couldn't digest food properly.

Reinhard and his team used a scanning electron microscope to reexamine the mummy's remnants for the new investigation. The results of the last scan showed that grasshoppers made up a significant portion of his diet in his last few months.

It appears that the man's gastrointestinal tract was congested by Chagas disease, which is brought on by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. His colon swelled to nearly six times its normal size due to the obstruction, a condition known as "megacolon." Scientists determined that the man's inability to digest meals led to his chronic malnourishment.

Because of his condition, it would have been impossible for the guy to walk on his own or even eat by himself. Researchers believe that in the man's final two to three months of life, he was fed grasshoppers with their legs cut off.

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