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‘Tomb Raider’ Mummy Disease is “In the Realm of Possibility” says Scientist


The enduring legacy of Tomb Raider is that people still mistakenly believe that opening ancient coffins is in any way a good idea. In the new film, Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft and her foes battle over the tightly sealed sarcophagus of Himiko, a (real-life) third-century Japanese queen who was supposedly able to kill people with her touch. Unsurprisingly, the consequences of opening the coffin in the film are devastating. But doing so in real life, archaeologist and actual tomb raider Scott Warnasch tells Inverse, can be just as dangerous…

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