Egyptians held the belief that if bodies were preserved, the dead would continue to live in the afterlife. Egypt has fascinating legends about landmarks, famous people, and mummies. The process of preserving a dead body is called mummification. The Egyptians were masters of mummification. Humans were not the only creatures made into mummies; animals were also mummified. Approximately 70 million creatures were mummified in the year of 3000 B.C. The process of mummification started out being very short, but as the years went by, the process became more involved. Some humans did not care to be mummified.