On February 16th of 1923 real life Indiana Jones, adventurer and archaeologist Howard Carter and his team entered the tomb of King Tutankhamun. The discovery was made after years of searching, and it was a momentous moment for Carter. The treasure turned out to be one of the greatest treasures ever found.
When king Tut's tomb was opened, it was discovered that he had been entombed with two of his children. Both were daughters. It was years before studies were done on the children's mummies, when permission was finally granted and the mummies were unwrapped for DNA analysis two of the strangest mummified
remains were revealed. Both looked like aliens. With elongated skulls,large eyes and atypically long fingers. They were officially determined to be fetuses, but seem way too developed to be fetuses.
In a more recent development a new genetic study which involved mapping the genome of 9 ancient Egyptian Pharaohs including Akhenaten,King Tut's father,found that Akhenaten's DNA differed considerably when compared to normal humans.
One of the genes contributing to the differences was a gene called CXPAC-5, which is responsible for cortex growth.The increased activity in Akhenaten’s genome would suggest he had a
higher cranial capacity because of the need to house a larger cortex. Another interesting piece of evidence was that electron microscope analysis revealed signs of nucleotidic cicatrix, which is a telltale sign of the DNA helix healing after being exposed to strong mutagens.
The strange alien-like fetuses, are now locked away deep in the secret vaults of the Cairo museum. As technology advances we will hopefully learn more about the origins of ancient Egyptian DNA.
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