CHILE: Battle of the Body

Through the learned encampments of Santiago last week, a cold war of science raged with white-hot fury. Rival scholars at the National Historical Museum, the Museum of Natural History and the anthropological department of the University of Chile maneuvered fiercely for possession of a newfound, well-refrigerated human body that all seemed to think at least 400 years old.

The action opened with a burst of scholarly enterprise in February when two grizzled Andean muleteers came down from the mountains near Santiago to report that they had a "mummy" to sell. They had come...

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