Lloyd, Charles Augustus, d 1930. Lloyd, Charles A fl 1880s-1912 (Photographer) : Maori wood carving of the goddess Hine-nui-te-po, and Maui. Original photographic prints and postcards from file print collection, Box 14. Ref: PAColl-6585-10. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22708288
Archaeologists have found the 1,600-year-old skeleton of a Roman woman who had an ovarian teratoma, the first to be recorded in the ancient world. Such benign tumors originate from germ cells, which normally become human eggs and so can form other body parts. This particular tumor had calcified in her pelvis and contained bone and four deformed teeth.
Dermoid cyst of the ovary or ovarian teratoma. a form of tumour which arises when an unfertilised egg begins to divide. Because eggs have the potential to give rise to all cell types, dermoid cysts can form mature tissues. They may contain structures such as hair, oil glands, bone, and teeth (as in this case, upper right). Dermoid cysts are benign (non-cancerous) in 98% of cases. They may cause illness by rupturing or causing twisting of the ovary. They are treated by surgery.