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The tool was a rod, made of an organic material, that was used to break apart the brain to allow it to drain out of the nose.
This discovery helped to dispel the claim within Herodotus' works that the rod had been a hook made of iron.
Spontaneous mummies, such as Ötzi, were created unintentionally due to natural conditions such as extremely dry heat or cold, or anaerobic conditions such as those found in bogs.
The natural preservation of the dead had a profound effect on ancient Egyptian religion.
In 1992, the First World Congress on Mummy Studies was held in Puerto de la Cruz on Tenerife in the Canary Islands.
More than 300 scientists attended the Congress to share nearly 100 years of collected data on mummies.
Mummies of humans and other animals have been found on every continent, Many of the Egyptian animal mummies are sacred ibis, and radiocarbon dating suggests the Egyptian Ibis mummies that have been analyzed were from time frame that falls between approximately 450 and 250 BC.
In addition to the well-known mummies of ancient Egypt, deliberate mummification was a feature of several ancient cultures in areas of America and Asia with very dry climates.