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Revealed: the face of King Tut's father

By T.K. Randall
March 26, 2021 · Comment icon 9 comments

Is this the face of King Tutankhamun's father ? Image Credit: FAPAB Research Center
Scientists have reconstructed the face of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh who died over 3,000 years ago.
The remains - believed to be that of the pharaoh Akhenaten - were originally unearthed in 1907 in Egypt's Valley of the Kings only a few feet from the tomb of King Tutankhamun himself.

For years, researchers struggled to confirm the relationship between the two, but more recently, a genetic analysis seemed to suggest that the pharaoh was in fact King Tut's biological father.

Even so, some remain unconvinced and the issue continues to be hotly debated.
Now a new facial reconstruction of the pharaoh has been produced which shows his physical appearance in more detail than was ever previously possible.

Created by scientists at the Forensic Anthropology, Paleopathology, Bioarchaeology Research Center (FAPAB) in Sicily, the reconstruction drew upon the skills of 3D forensic artist Cicero Moraes.

Whereas previous reconstructions showed hair, jewelry and other features, this one has focused exclusively on the core facial traits.

A more detailed report of the reconstruction is set to be released in the near future.

Source: Live Science | Comments (9)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Wepwawet 3 years ago
A believable generic Thutmosid based on a composite of Thutmose III, Amunhotep II and Thutmose IV, with perhaps a sprinkling of the unrelated Seti I thrown in. At least they have not created a "conehead".
Comment icon #2 Posted by DreadLordAvatar 3 years ago
He looks East Asian. That would totally make sense where the smarts came from.  However, his pale skin wouldn’t last a moment in the blazing desert sun....therefore, scientific reconstruction failed.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Hyperionxvii 3 years ago
Looks like a white supremacist to me. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by pbarosso 3 years ago
do you realize what you said is racist? i dont care what afrocentrist kook youve read, the egyptians were not sub saharan black. they were Mediterranean. just like the rest of the people from greece to libya. egypt was in the north extreme part of africa and therefore far from the equator so there would have been seasons. not to mention advanced civilization.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Crazy Horse 3 years ago
I saw a documentary not so long ago that showed how some of the Pharaohs actually had red hair... And that the climate was different too, much more lush and green..
Comment icon #6 Posted by Abramelin 3 years ago
There were black African pharao's too. I remember a Taharka. 'Smarts' come from all over the globe...  
Comment icon #7 Posted by tortugabob 3 years ago
The Kushite rule lasted from (747–656 BC).  That was pretty late in Egyptian history and when the country was in chaos because of invasions by the Assyrians and others.  It built none of the major architectural wonders of ancient Egypt.  
Comment icon #8 Posted by pbarosso 3 years ago
IIRC it borrowed the pyramids and built tons of them far south of egypt.  no one is trying to be racist. its just that Afrocentrism can be pretty attractive and we must fight misinformation.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Wepwawet 3 years ago
On second thoughts, allthough 25 or so years older than Tutankhamun, which is a factor, this reconstruction looks nothing like reconstructions of Tutankhamun, and given that Tut was the product of an incestous relationship, there should be a strong resemblance, but nothing, not even close. In fact while I do see Thutmosid features, at least generic, he looks more like he's related to Isoroku Yamamoto, from the "Land of the Rising Sun" and with a sun symbol forming the basis of it's two flags. And then there's Akhenaten, the "Son of the Sun" in his city of the rising Sun in the horizon, proof t... [More]

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