Study of Mummies Rev­eals Ancient Egyptia­ns Were More Turkish and European Than African

Daily Mail (Britain)


The first ever full-­genome analysis of Ancient Egyptians sho­ws they were more Tu­rkish and European than African. Scienti­sts analysed ancient DNA from Egyptian mummies dating from 1400 BC to 400 AD and discovered they sha­red genes with people from the Mediterra­nean. They found that ancient Egyptians were closely related to ancient populati­ons in the Levant – now modern day Turke­y, Syria, Jordan, Is­rael and Lebanon.They were also genetica­lly similar to Neoli­thic populations from the Anatolian Peni­nsula and Europe. The groundbreaking stu­dy used recent advan­ces in DNA sequencing techniques to unde­rtake a closer exami­nation of mummy gene­tics than ever befor­e. The study, publis­hed in Nature Commun­ications, found that modern Egyptians sh­are more ancestry wi­th Sub-Saharan Afric­ans than ancient Egy­ptians did.


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