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Remains of 1,500-year-old amputee studied in Vienna

Researchers are studying the 6th century A.D. remains of a man who was buried with a prosthetic foot. There is actually little left of the 1,500-year-old prosthetic device found at Hemmaberg. The wood has deteriorated, and all that remains is an iron ring, barely over three inches in diameter, to stabilize

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