Researchers conduct "virtual autopsy" on King Tutankhamun
A team of researchers have conducted a "virtual autopsy" of King Tutankhamun that showed that his parents were brother and sister.
They also found that he had a club foot, feminine hips and a large overbite. In a new TV documentary titled, "Tutankhamun: The Truth Uncovered", they are planning to show evidence that his parents were related. They studied more than 2,000 computerised scans and are expected to show new theories relating to his death. An earlier DNA test had identified Tutankhamun's father as Akhenaten, who is a pharaoh who ruled Egypt for 17 years and died around 1334 BCE.
Albert Zink, scientific director of the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman in Italy used genetic fingerprinting and tests on mitochondrial DNA that is inherited only from the mother. They also said that they found evidence that Tutankhamun's mother was Akhenaten's sister.
"Albert has proved without a doubt that Tutankhamun was the product of incest; his parents were brother and sister. The ancient Egyptians believed that incest kept the blood line pure, but in reality it did the opposite. They would have had no idea of the health implications and the outcome on the offspring," he said.
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