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 p.m.

My 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.


I put 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.


"Boy 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!


One 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


"Eric 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 to
make a species identification. It's not big and the feet seem to be digitigrade.

The 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 short.

It might be a baby, but the feet aren't disproportionately large"

The 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.

At 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.


A famous quote from Leonardo da Vinci "The smallest feline is a masterpiece"


Tests 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.


One 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 years ago."


The 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 species.


                                                                         Louella Davis


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