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Fetuses in King Tuts tomb

 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:33 am    Post subject: Fetuses in King Tuts tomb Reply with quote

There has been an announcement that the will be DNA tests on the fetuses to see if they are related to Tut. Unlike CSI it will take some time.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, no...not again!! Not this again! Won't the fetuses be destroyed by doing so?! I'm really fearing the worst here, they got lucky with Tut-and he's already falling apart! Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

With modern DNA they can get results from microscopic amounts. I do not know about ancient degraded DNA.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just seen a report that the fetuses are twins despite the size difference.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The size difference is explained as one of the twins being miscarried earlier than the other. I didn't know it was possible for one twin to be miscarried and the other to survive, but I read an article that stated it could happen.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently a problem with twins is where they share a placenta one twin can get more than its share of the nutriants so the other is stunted.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The possibility of them being twins has not been proved. It was only speculation. I would think the results would not necessarily be accurate anyway, considering the contamination possibilities. They haven't exactly been looked after, have they Sad
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The article I saw did say 'probably'. It was by Meredith F. Small , an anthropologist at Cornell University
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