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    http://www.comcast.net/articles/news...CIENCE-US-TUT/

    CHICAGO King Tutankhamen, the teen-aged pharaoh whose Egyptian tomb yielded dazzling treasures, limped around on tender bones and a club foot and probably died from malaria, researchers said on Tuesday.

    There has been speculation about the fate of the boy king, who died sometime around 1324 BC probably at age 19, since the 1922 discovery of his intact tomb in Egypt's Valley of Kings.

    Tests performed on 16 royal mummies found four, including Tut, had contracted a severe form of malaria that likely cut short Tut's reign -- ruling out murder or some other sickness.

    Scientists from Egypt, Germany and elsewhere, including Zahi Hawass of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, compiled results from genetic and radiological testing performed on the mummies between 2007 and 2009. The results clarify details about the 155-year-long 18th Dynasty that included Tutankhamen, who inherited the throne at age 11.

    The scientists speculated Tut was weakened by a broken leg possibly from a fall. That and a malaria infection led to his death, they believe.

    Tut was afflicted with a cleft palate, mild clubfoot in his left foot and other bone ailments. He and some family members had a form of Kohler disease, which can cause foot bones to collapse from lack of blood but would not have been fatal.

    "Tutankhamen had multiple disorders, and some of them might have reached the cumulative character of an inflammatory, immune-suppressive -- and thus weakening -- syndrome. He might be envisioned as a young but frail king who needed canes to walk," Hawass wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

    Besides the priceless gold artifacts found in Tut's tomb, he was also equipped for the afterlife with some 130 canes and staves -- some with signs of wear -- and a veritable pharmacy.

    The scientists were also fairly certain they identified the mummies belonging to Tut's father, Akhenaten, and his grandmother, Tiye, based on shared blood groups.

    They shot down speculation that Tut and his forebears had severe abnormalities, ruling out Marfan syndrome and another condition that could have led to enlarged breasts.

    "It is unlikely that either Tutankhamen or Akhenaten actually displayed a significantly bizarre or feminine physique. It is important to note that ancient Egyptian kings typically had themselves and their families represented in an idealized fashion," Hawass wrote.
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    Interesting
    I got two grand in my pocket, thats just itchin' to turn into 12 bucks & a hang over..

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    • #3
      theres more articles that i didnt post. stuff about him being the child of an incestuous marriage. because kings could marry their sisters and daughters because they are 'gods'
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      best class of rb...end of discussion
      Tanner, Otto, Slyk, Dirty F, Magnum, Italian Em, Noid 4 Vet
      XBL: Passed0utAwake
      ^thats a zero not an O

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      • #4
        very interesting. died all because he possibly broke his leg.

        we can only wonder what they attempted to use to help the broken leg.

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        • #5
          fuck king tut
          spend money on shit you need..
          fuck him

          I dont wanna sell records I dont wanna be big
          I dont want MTV runnin up in my crib
          I dont wanna be liked in the music biz
          I dont want fans that dont know who G Rap is

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          • #6
            ^
            are you for real?
            All this talk of blood and slaying has put me off my tea.

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              • #8
                my art teacher was freaking out about this like it was going to affect her life
                Based

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