Egyptian Mummies’ DNA Reveal a Surprising Ancestry

The following excerpt is from an article written by Ben Guarino, and posted at the Washington Post website on May 30.

Ancient Egyptians were an archaeologist’s dream. They left behind intricate coffins, massive pyramids and gorgeous hieroglyphs, the pictorial writing code cracked in 1799. Egyptians recorded tales of royalty and gods. They jotted down life’s miscellanies, too, as humdrum as beer recipes and doctor’s notes.

But there was one persistent hole in ancient Egyptian identity: their chromosomes. Cool, dry permafrost can preserve prehistoric DNA like a natural freezer, but Egypt is a gene incinerator. The region is hot. Within the mummies’ tombs, where scientists would hope to find genetic samples, humidity wrecked their DNA. What’s more, soda ash and other chemicals used by Egyptian embalmers damaged genetic material.

A study led by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and the University of Tubingen in Germany managed to plug some of those genetic gaps. Researchers wrung genetic material from 151 Egyptian mummies, radiocarbon dated between Egypt’s New Kingdom (the oldest at 1388 B.C.) to the Roman Period (the youngest at 426 A.D.), as reported Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications.

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It’s a Miracle… Half of European men are directly descended from Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun

According to an item published at the World Radio Switzerland website, half of European men are directly descended from the King Tut. However, The guy died at 18 having had two still-born daughters. No other children are documented. However, miracles are known to have happened…

Half of European men are directly descended from the famous Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun, according to a Swiss study. Specifically, 70 percent of British and Spanish men, and 60 percent of Frenchmen are related to King Tut, according to the findings. The genealogical analysis of a study, carried out by a group of scientists in 2009…

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