Roman skeleton found with freak pelvic tumour

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 24, 2013 17:30 hrs

London, Jan 24 (IANS) Archaelogists have discovered body of a Roman woman with a tumour in her pelvis embedded with four deformed teeth and a bone.

Researchers believe the woman, aged about 30, whose body was interred in a large cemetery near Spain's Lleida city, died some 1,600 years ago, Daily Mail reported.

An examination of the corpse revealed the woman suffered from a condition known to doctors as an ovarian teratoma -- a Greek-derived term which means roughly a "monster swelling in the ovaries".

Such tumours stem from mutations of the germ cells which form human eggs; they have the potential to create hair, teeth and bone - or even more complex organs like eyes.

It is understood it is the first time scientists have found this type of teratoma in human remains dating back to ancient times.

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