Ancient Egyptians used sophisticated combinations of natural substances to embalm the human body. Over time, they modified their recipes to balance quality of preservation with cost and availability of materials.
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Wisseman, S. Preserved for the afterlife. Nature 413, 783–784 (2001). https://doi.org/10.1038/35101673
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