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World’s earliest tattoos discovered on mummies

Dating to between 3351 to 3017 BC, tattoos of animals and motifs have been discovered on an Egyptian mummy at British Museum. SCROLL DOWN FOR PICTURES-VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED Researchers used infrared technology to find figural tattoos of a wild bull and a sheep on the upper arm of a male mummy. The mummy belongs to Egypt’s Predynastic period, the era preceding the country’s unification by the first pharaoh at around 3100 BC. All visible skin on the mummified individual was examined for signs of body modification…

Tattoo ink can seep deep into the body: study

PARIS: Microscopic particles from tattoo ink can migrate into the body and wind up in lymph nodes, crucial hubs of the human immune system, a study revealed on Tuesday. The tiny particles -- measuring a few millionths to a few billionths of a centimetre -- include molecules from preservatives and contaminants such as nickel, chromium, manganese and cobalt, researchers reported in the peer-reviewed journal Scientific Reports. Tattoo colouring is composed of various organic and inorganic pigments, and can be contaminated…