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King Tut Revealed

King Tut was anything but a model of health. To begin with, DNA tests show that King Tut's parents were brother and sister. Inbreeding is not advantageous for biological or genetic fitness; health and the immune system are compromised and malformations increase. King Tut had also been infected with multiple malarial infections during his life. One strain was malaria tropica, the most virulent and deadly form of the disease.

The young king’s body also revealed deformations in the his left foot, caused by the necrosis, or death, of bone tissue, which required him to walk with the cane that was found in his tomb. Incestuous genetic beginnings and other health issues made King Tut’s a short and painful life.

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