London, Aug 21 (ANI): King Tutankhamen died at a tender age of 19, and now scientists have found that it was because of his incestuous family ancestry.
Using a combination of CT scans, DNA testing and archaeological information, they deduced that his parents were brother and sister.
Due to that, hi couldn't have possibly lived long.
An earlier theory was that he had died from a head injury, but later it proved false.
And DNA proved that Tut's mother was not one of his father's wives, but was actually one of his five sisters, although it is not known which one.
New CT images discovered congenital flaws, which are more common among the children of incest.
Children born to a sibling couple are prone to genetic defects that can be fatal.
They discovered DNA from several strains of a parasite proving he was infected with the most severe strain of malaria several times in his short life, which could have led to death.
"Perhaps he struggled against other congenital flaws until a severe bout of malaria or a leg broken in an accident added one strain too many to a body that could no longer carry the load," The Sun quoted Archaeologist Zahi Hawass as saying in the September issue of National Geographic. (ANI)