The Pedro Mummy: Inspiration for Whispers of the Stones
|THE PEDRO MUMMY|
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/86/The_San_Pedro_Mountain_Mummy.jpgnknown (Life time: 1936) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commonsption
While living in Laramie, Wyoming, Vickie came across the curious case of the Pedro Mummy. According to old newspaper accounts the mummified remains of a tiny man had been discovered sitting cross-legged in a cave by miners in the area in the 1930s. There's no There's no question that the Pedro Mummy actually existed. It became an object of curiosity and scientific speculation until its disappearance in the 1950s. It was not a fake.
In the 1980s the original X-rays were carefully studied and scientists indicated that the tiny remains were more likely to be those of a malformed infant who had been left in the cave to die instead of a full-grown man. The infant might have suffered from anencephaly, which would account for the misshapen head. But it didn’t explain fully developed rib-cage or reports that the mummy had teeth. Since the mummy can no longer be found to examine, no one really knows who he was or how he got there.
All of this caught our interest and we decided to write a mystery starting with the premise: what if some antique dealer actually had the mummy? What would happen if such an artifact resurfaced?
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As you read accounts of the Pedro Mummy, you will find many discrepancies, because even in newspapers and journals there are many different accounts of what happened. When writing our story, we used those dates and sources from what seemed the most reliable references. Here are some places on the Internet to read more about the Pedro Mummy and the “Little People”.