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A visual history of artificial limbs

The BBC has posted a collection of photographs which show the visual history of the artificial limb.

“We’re seeing the first glimpses of the development of prosthetic devices,” says Dr Jacky Finch, who has analysed this Egyptian prosthetic toe. It dates to between 950-710BC and was found on a female mummy in a tomb near Luxor. There are earlier references to prostheses – Indian texts from 1,400BC talk about an iron leg, but this is the “earliest tangible piece of archaeological evidence”.

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Story: BBC News | Photo: Science Museum

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