By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26, 2022 (HealthDay News) — A “virtual autopsy” of a mummified 17th century Austrian infant has shed new light on Renaissance childhood — as well as the importance of vitamin D to health.
The researchers used CT scans to examine the remains, which had been found in an aristocratic Austrian family crypt containing the perfect conditions for natural mummification.
Analysis revealed that the child was a boy approximately 1 year old and overweight for his age, according to the German scientists
However, his diet didn’t result in proper nutrition for a healthy body, creating a mystery for scientists.
The child had been stricken by severe rickets or scurvy, diseases that are driven by deficiencies in vitamins D and C, the scans revealed.
The child’s rickets had caused his ribs to become malformed in a pattern called a “rachitic rosary.” Bone knobs formed