High-resolution scans of the wrapped mummy bundle (pictured) showed that the body parts inside had been covered with papyrus stems before wrapping, which helped to reinforce the assemblage's positioning, according to Hearst-museum conservator Williams.
The ancient Egyptians prepared two types of crocodile mummies: Sacred mummies, thought to be embodiments of the crocodile god Sobek, and votive mummies, raised expressly for sacrifice, according to the museum.
Votive crocodiles lived in lakes near temples, especially in El Faiyum, Egypt (see pictures of "beautiful" human mummies found in El Faiyum). A visitor to the temple would make a donation, and priests would then sacrifice, embalm, and bury a crocodile on behalf of the benefactor.
It's unknown whether the two mummies are sacred or votive, though the disorganized placement of bodies inside the wrapped mummy suggests it's a votive animal, according to Lewis.