Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Take your vitamins Lack of B12 cause of ancient death
Anthropological studies on the remaining skeleton of a child, found recently wrapped in a white garment in the historic site of Taleb Khan Tepe, revealed the cause of his death to be lack of Vitamin B12.

Announcing this news, Farzad Forouzanfar, director of the Anthropology Department of Iran's Archeology Research Center, said that the child was five years old at the time of death and suffered from severe anemia as a result of Vitamin B12 deficiency.

"The disease is caused by lack of Vitamin B12 which ultimately results in disorder of blood platelet function and decrease of red and white globules," explained Forouzanfar, adding that evidence pointing to the cause of death can still be traced on the child's skull.