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CHINESE DETERMINE AGE, BLOOD TYPE AND THE HEIGHT OF FEMALE MUMMY

Chinese scientists have succeeded in determining the age, height and blood type of a woman of European race buried 3,800 years ago in the deserts of northwest China, the Xinhua news agency said this week.

Scientists have been carrying out comprehensive studies since the female mummy was excavated in the Taklimakan desert in China's Xinjiang region in 1980, Xinhua said.The mummy, nicknamed the Loulan Beauty after the ancient kingdom from which she hailed, was 5 feet 2 inches tall and was 40 years old at the time of her death, Xinhua said. The woman belonged to a European race and her blood was type O, it said.

The mummy's internal organs were intact and in good condition but had become hard and shriveled, Xinhua said.

"The reason the corpse was preserved so well was that the place where it was buried was so arid, hot and dusty that it quickly became mummified," Xinhua quoted Mu Shunying, honorary director of the Xinjiang Institute of Relics and Archaeology, as saying.