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    Head of Akhenaten discovered in Egypt



    He had a very strange look, which was often interpreted in the past as indicating some SSA ancestry. There aren't as many artifacts for him as for some other Pharaohs because his sponsorship of belief in a unitary god wasn't very popular, and his successors went to great pains to erase memory of his reign.

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    Interesting headshape. A little bit similar to that of Neanderthals.
    Attachment 9422
    (Neanderthal head on the right)
    Except with a much stronger chin.
    So if he was the father of Tutankhamun, he would have been R1b as well.
    Would be interesting to know his percentage of Neanderthal DNA.

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    He looked very feminine I must add.
    Be wary of people who tend to glorify the past, underestimate the present, and demonize the future.

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    ^^He does indeed, yet he fathered at least six children.

    "Why representations of Akhenaten depict him in a bizarre, strikingly androgynous way, remains a vigorously debated question. Religious reasons have been suggested, such as to emulate the creative nature of the Aten, who is called in Amarna tomb texts "mother and father" of all that is. Or, it has been suggested, Akhenaten's (and his family's) portraiture exaggerates his distinctive physical traits. Until Akhenaten's mummy is positively identified, such theories remain speculative. Some scholars do identify Mummy 61074, found in KV55, an unfinished tomb in the Valley of the Kings, as Akhenaten's.[31] If so, or if the KV 55 mummy is that of his close relative, Smenkhkare, its measurements tend to support the theory that Akhenaten's depictions exaggerate his actual appearance. Though the mummy consists only of disarticulated bones, the skull is long and has a prominent chin, and the limbs are light and long. In 2007, Zahi Hawass and a team of researchers made CT Scan images of Mummy 61074. They have concluded that the elongated skull, cheek bones, cleft palate, and impacted wisdom tooth suggest that the mummy is the father of Tutankhamun, and thus is Akhenaten."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akhenaten

    Some scholars have held he had some genetic diseases, as did his son, Tutankhamen. It would not be surprising given that they routinely married brother to sister.
    http://www.umm.edu/news-and-events/n...rare-disorders

    On the other hand, unless they can find proof in the dna I'm skeptical of these sorts of speculations.

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    that mummy is a woman lol. she's called "the younger lady"

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    Quote Originally Posted by alhanathalas View Post
    that mummy is a woman lol. she's called "the younger lady"
    That's a singularly unhelpful answer. Which mummy? KV55? 61074?

    Those two are the ones being discussed. If an academic paper has concluded one or the other is a woman, i.e. "the younger lady", please provide a citation. That's how we do things here.

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    He looks mixed race.

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    Hmm,difficult to say which race

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