Who were the ancient Egyptians? Mummy DNA reveals surprising clues

From ABC Science, 31 May 2017: Mummies from ancient Egypt have revealed another secret — some of them share very little of the sub-Saharan African ancestry that dominates the genetic heritage of modern Egyptians. The discovery, published today in Nature Communications, suggests the African heritage evident in modern Egyptian populations may have been the result Continue reading Who were the ancient Egyptians? Mummy DNA reveals surprising clues

Heart disease a 4000-year old ‘serial killer’

From ABC News in Science, 11 March 2013: The diseased arteries of ancient mummies are challenging modern assumptions about the causes of cardiovascular disease. Whole-body CT scans of 137 mummies from different countries, cultures and lifestyles spanning 4000 years of history has found evidence of hardened arteries in at least one-third of the mummies. The Continue reading Heart disease a 4000-year old ‘serial killer’