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Tutankhamun died of malaria?

A current investigation of King Tutankhamun suggests malaria on top of a broken leg on top of a rare bone disorder called Kohler disease II might be responsible for his early death.

One expert still believes the explanation is simpler – that Tutankhamun fell from a chariot and died of chest injuries.

The latest investigation of blood and DNA of Tutankhamun appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

11 mummies thought to be related to Tutankhamun and 5 not related were examined genetically. 2 of the mummies were identified as the parents of Tutankhamun.

Dr Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s chief archaeologist, was one of the authors. They concluded “These results suggest avascular bone necrosis in conjunction with the malarial infection as the most likely cause of death in Tutankhamun.”

In a later media meeting, Hawass identified Tutankhamun’s parents as Akhenaten and Akhenaten’s sister.


February 17, 2010 - Posted by | Genetics, Malaria, Tutankhamun, Zahi Hawass

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