Friday, June 2, 2017

Mummy DNA

The DNA of 90 mummies from a site south of Cairo has been reviewed in the most sophisticated  study to date. The mummies dated from 1388 BC, a high point of Egyptian culture, to 426 AD, when Egypt was a Roman province. There have always been questions about who the ancient Egyptians were most closely related to genetically. The results showed the older Egyptian mummies had no genetic relationship to sub-Saharan populations, even those with whom the Egyptians are known to have interacted with often and significantly. They were more closely related to people in parts of Iraq, Turkey, Israel, Jordan Syria and Lebanon. About 700 years ago there was a sudden major increase in genetics showing sub-Saharan ancestry, but nobody as of yet knows why. Read more about it here http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Whos-your-mummy-Genetic-secrets-of-ancient-Egypt-unwrapped-494467

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