Scientists from Hamburg's Bernhard Nocht Institute are challenging the assertion that Tutankhamun died of malaria and injuries from a fall. The German team believes that Tut's foot bones indicate sickle cell, a common disorder amongst Egypt's oases inhabitants. [AFP]
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Sickle cell is most prevalent below the Sahara now—was this different in his time? Though if memory serves it does also show up in some Mediterranean and Jewish populations.