A mysterious Christmas tree in the rainforest of Brazil has turned up a treasure trove of human remains, including human remains from more than 10,000 years ago.
The tree was found in an Amazonian forest in July and was transported to a Brazilian hospital in December.
It has so far raised more than $6 million for researchers to study the ancient remains.
Researchers hope to extract DNA from the bones to reconstruct the age and gender of the tree’s owner.
Dr. Carlos Lopes de Oliveira from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil told the BBC that the human remains could help to reconstruct an earlier version of the forest in which the tree was discovered.
The remains of the man and woman, both between the ages of 75 and 85, have been in the museum since the early 1990s.
They are said to have been part of a population that lived in the area before it was lost to the forest.
They were buried with other human remains and were taken to the university’s museum, where they were studied for about 30 years, according to Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo.
The remains were moved to the University Hospital of São Carlos de Monteiro in Brazil, and the remains are now on display in the same room as the human bones.
The University of Rio de Janeiro is also said to be interested in the remains.