Mystery Tiny Feline Adult Mummy
Location- On our property in the
foothills of Mount Charleston,
overlooking the Pahrump Valley. It was
the Thanksgiving of 2003 around 2:00
daughter and I decided to walk off the
bloat and take a hike around the
property. When we were on the pathway to
the chicken coop my daughter yelled,
"Don't step on it!" I looked down
towards the ground and there was this
tiny dead animal. (if I did step on it,
it wouldn't have done any damage) In
fact, this thing was not just "merely
dead..... it was most sincerely dead!"
(Wizard of Oz fan). It was totally
mummified! At first, I thought it was a
rat, but upon further observation I
noticed it was not. We're out on our
property just about every day and if
this little creature would have been
there before, we would have noticed it.
It was right out, in plain sight. I
figured either a dust devil flung it our
way or was dropped by a bird of prey.
on some rubber gloves to examine this
thing. It's leather-like and surely
could have remained intact, even if it
fell out of an airplane! I cleaned it
off the best I could and put it in one
of those large pickle jars. Some digital
photos were taken and an e-mail was sent
to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and
here's what she said.
that's really interesting! A cat would
only have to be about 6 months old to
have its adult dentition, but it's hard
to imagine such a tiny guy surviving for
that long if he really were such a runt!
thing I observe in the photos is that
the molar (last tooth) in the upper jaw
is a *lot* bigger and more developed
than you usually see in modern domestic
cats. But I guess that just deepens the
mystery!" Cheers Dr. Jean
Here's another e-mail I received from
the Utah Museum of Natural History
the UMNH Curator of Vertebrates, and I
reviewed your photos and
were unable to determine the species of
this animal from the pictures. The
view of the face, which is the best
diagnostic indicator, isn't clear enough
make a species identification. It's not
big and the feet seem to be digitigrade.
cranium (from what we can see) is round.
So a guess is that it may be a cat of
some sort, although the tail is pretty
It might be a baby, but the feet aren't
mummy was sent to Drury University in
Springfield where it was examined by a
Cryptobiologist and an Anatomist in the
Biology Department. The little creature
was literally "put under a microscope"
and the scientists used "keys" of known
animals to help identify it, in addition
to bringing out skulls and a mummified
cat that was trapped in the chapel wall
for a hundred years! The scientists said
it appears to be an adult feline cat
because of the mature teeth, but held it
up beside the mummy of (a normal size)
adult cat that was trapped in the chapel
wall and the little mummy was only about
the size of the other cat's HEAD! It is
only about 5 and 1/2 inches long.
the time the little cat mummy was in
Missouri Jane Goldman was there from
Living TV in the UK. She was filming a
story for her TV show 'Jane Goldman
Investigates.' She had photos taken with
the little mummy.
famous quote from Leonardo da Vinci "The
smallest feline is a masterpiece"
were never done to determine how long
the little feline mummy has been a
mummy. Some say a carbon 14 dating would
not work because of the area where it
was found. The teeth appear more
non-domestic ie- a cougars.
physics scholar even speculated about
"prehistoric times and how mammals
developed as tiny creatures along side
the dinosaurs. When the dinos died out,
then mammals grew larger and larger.
Think of a prominent cat--the sabertooth
tiger! That was large and mean! Maybe
the little feline mystery mummy is a
missing link, or early mammal that
should have been extinct millions of
mummy's underside is in rough shape.
Evidently that's the side it was laying
on for possible eons. In this mummified
state no bacteria exists. It does smell
a little musky when it's been sealed-up
for any length of time. The runt theory
brings the question.....Why are the
extremities in proportion with the rest
of its tiny body. Usually that's not the
case. It's the size of a small kitten,
but is a full-grown adult feline
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