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Pharaoh with gigantism identified

The remains of a Third-Dynansty pharaoh who stood more than 6 feet tall may have had gigantism. Ancient Egyptian kings were likely better fed and in better health than commoners of the era, so they could be expected grow taller than average. Still, the over-6-foot-tall remains the scientists analyzed would have

6th century medical manuscript found in Egypt

A 6th century medical recipe has been found in Egypt by the monks of St. Catherine's Monastery in South Sinai. Mohammed Abdel-Latif, assistant minister of antiquities for archaeological sites, explained that the discovered manuscript is one of those known as "Palmesit" manuscripts, dating to the 6th century AD. The manuscript is

Cancer found in 700-year-old Panamanian remains

Evidence of bone cancer has been found in 700-year-old human remains found in Panama. On a shelf in Panama City, a human skeleton was bundled into a bag within a cardboard box for 46 years. Or part of a skeleton, anyway. The bones had been looked at once in 1991 and

Cancer found in 1.7 million-year-old early human toe bone

The oldest known example of cancer, dating back 1.7 million years, has been found in a fossil of a toe bone from an early human ancestor. The discovery by British and South African scientists contradicts theories that cancer is a modern disease, predominantly caused by lifestyle factors. Up until now, the oldest

Colon-cancer gene found in 18th-century mummy

Analysis of a Hungarian mummy from the 18th century has found that he had a genetic predisposition to colorectal cancer. he modern plagues of obesity, physical inactivity and processed food have been definitively established as modern causes of colon cancer. Researchers have also associated a mutation of the Adenomatous polyposis coli

Egyptian mummy shows signs of heart disease

Analysis of the 3,500-year-old mummified remains of an Egyptian "Cheif of Stables" has revealed signs of heart disease. Detailing the findings at the conference, Bianucci reported that Nebiri was middle aged — 45 to 60 years old — when he died and that he was affected by a severe periodontal disease

700-year-old tomb belonging to a doctor excavated in China

A high-profile Confucian doctor's tomb has been excavated by archaeologists in China. Confucian doctors were a special group proficient in both Confucianism and medicine, which allowed them a high status during that period. Wu was appointed to a post in charge of local medical services and education, similar to today's head of

Tuberculosis found in Hungarian mummies

Strains of TB have been discovered in 18th-century Hungarian mummies found in a 200-year-old crypt. Professor Pallen said: “Microbiological analyses of samples from contemporary TB patients usually report a single strain of tuberculosis per patient. By contrast, five of the eight bodies in our study yielded more than one type of