Mummified remains of premature babies dating back more than 100 years are found by workers while renovating former orphanage in Russia (photos)

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Mummified remains of premature babies dating back more than 100 years are found by workers while renovating former orphanage in Russia (photos)

Mummified remains of premature babies dating back more than 100 years have been found by workers who were renovating a former orphanage in Russia.

Shocked workers renovating a former orphanage and medical training institution in Ulan-Ude, southern Russia came across the mummified human remains which have been there since the 1870s.

The macabre relics were discovered in the attic of the former orphanage and medical training institution in Ulan-Ude, southern Russia, and date back to the late tsarist and early communist era.

‘At first, the men mistook the find for mannequins,’ said a local news agency report.


The Russian Investigative Committee confirmed the report and said its experts believed the remains were embryos dating from the late 19th or early 20th century.

A source of the Russian Investigative committee said: ‘It is possible that the embryos found were laboratory specimens and used as a teaching aid.

‘During examination by a forensic medical expert, according to anatomical and morphological indicators, it was preliminarily determined that the development of the found embryos corresponded to 14-to-16 weeks of pregnancy.’

The source said: ‘Next to the embryos there were vials and other medical items of the late 19th and early 20th centuries according to the labels and markings on some of the finds.’

The committee is carrying out a ‘pre-investigative check’ into the find.

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