The body of a Roman woman with a tumour in her pelvis embedded with four deformed teeth and a bone has been uncovered by archaeologists. The 30-something woman, whose body was interred in a necropolis near Lleida, in the Catalonia region of Spain, died some 1,600 years ago, researchers believe. An examination of the corpse revealed she suffered from a condition known to doctors as an ovarian teratoma – a Greek-derived term meaning, roughly, a ‘monster swelling in the ovaries’.
Such tumours stem from mutations of the germ cells which form human eggs; they have the potential to create hair, teeth and bone – or even more complex organs like eyes. It is understood that it is the first time scientists have found this type of teratoma in human remains dating back to ancient times….Full Article Source