King Tut Died of Broken Leg, Tests Show

By Courtney Copenhagen and Alex Perez
|  Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010  |  Updated 6:32 PM CDT
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Why Are the Noses Missing From Egyptian Statues?

Tutankahmen, the young Egyptian Pharaoh of centuries past, died from a broken leg complicated by a severe case of malaria, scientists say.

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Why Are the Noses Missing From Egyptian Statues?

The curator of the Egyptian Collection at Chicago's Field Museum says it's not unusual that the bust is missing her nose.

Why Are the Noses Missing From Egyptian Statues?

The curator of the Egyptian Collection at Chicago's Field Museum says it's not unusual that the bust is missing her nose.
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Tutankahmen, the young Egyptian Pharaoh of centuries past, died from a broken leg complicated by a severe case of malaria, scientists say.

For decades, it was speculated that King Tut may have been murdered in a power struggle, but a new, two-year international DNA study released Wednesday shows that the 19-year-old was sickly and crippled with a club foot and weak bones.

"I never thought that we could have DNA of a mummy dating back 3,000 years ago, but we did," said archaeologist Zahi Hawass.

The DNA testing revealed that a hole in Tut's head, long thought to be caused by a fatal blow, was actually intentionally made after his death during the mummifacation process.  It also revealed that Tut, who became Egypt's king at just 10 years old, was born to parents who were likely siblings.

Since his tomb was unearthed in Egypt in 1922, Tut's short life has drawn the curiosity of millions.  Long lines formed when artifacts arrived at Chicago's Field Musuem in 1977 and 2006.
 

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