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King Tut’s grandmother had a wart on her face

There’s another attention grabbing headline for you. High resolution analysis of King Tut’s grandmother, known for her legendary beauty, has revealed that she had a flat wart on her forehead.

“I got a high-resolution image of the mummy’s face from the Egyptian museum. From the enlargement, the small growth appears compatible with a flat wart or verruca plana,” González told Discovery News

Slightly raised, flat and smooth, these harmless bumps of various colors are hyperplastic epidermal lesions produced by papilloma viruses (HPV). They usually occur on the face, neck and back of hands.

However, flat warts are not commonly found on the face of ancient Egyptian mummies.

“Until now I haven’t seen anything similar,” González said.

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Story: Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News | Photo: Corbis

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