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Contemporary Egyptians take pride in their ancient national heritage. But a new study from the Swiss genealogy center iGENEA shows that their ancestors may have had nothing to do with the wonders of the ancient world. An analysis of famed Pharaoh Tutankhamen, who ruled Egypt around 1333-1323 B.C., found that his genetic profile group, haplogroup R1b1a2, represents less than 1% of modern-day Egyptians. But for reasons not yet explained, the profile is common to 50% of all men in Western Europe, and 70% of men in Britain. Geneticists theorize that this haplogroup originated in the Caucasus region around 9,500 years ago and moved west into Europe some 2,500 years later. How this relates to King Tut, or what happened to his lineage is unclear, but it is a surprise blow to Egyptian pride. Imagine if the British had known about their genetic links to the pharaohs when they seized the Suez Canal and invaded Egypt in 1882. Queen Victoria could have said, “Hey everyone, we’re back!”

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James S. Robbins

James S. Robbins, Ph.D., former Senior Editorial Writer for Foreign Affairs, was formerly professor of international relations at the National Defense University, associate professor of international relations at the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College and special assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense under Donald Rumsfeld. Dr. Robbins is author of the recently released "This Time ...

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