Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Egypt to DNA-test 2 fetuses from King Tut's tomb
Egyptian scientists are carrying out DNA tests on two mummified fetuses found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun to determine whether they are the young pharaoh's children, Egyptian antiquity authorities said Wednesday.

The two tiny female fetuses, between five to seven months in gestational age, were found in the King Tut's tomb in Luxor when the tomb was disovered by Howard Carter in 1922.

DNA samples from the fetuses "will be compared to each other, along with those of the mummy of King Tutankhamun," the head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, said in a statement.

Finally. Egyptologists have been begging to to DNA work on the royal mummies for years, but it was rejected. I didn't really know why, but the article states that Hawass wanted Egyptians to do the work. As long as it gets done.