VARIOUS NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL MEDIA: Who's the daddy, mummies? 3,800-year-old remains of Egyptian elite men buried together reveals they had DIFFERENT fathers but the same mother

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Release date: 17/1/2018

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The famous 'two brothers' mummies in Manchester Museum could be at the heart of an ancient family scandal. 

The mummies of two elite men, Khnum-nakht and Nakht-ankh, date to around 1800 BC and are the oldest human remains in Manchester's Egyptology collection. 

Their grave, found in 1907 near Cairo, had inscriptions that suggested both men were the sons of a local governor.

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Title Mystery behind two 4,000-year-old Egyptian mummies solved
Media name/outletThe Hindu
Media typeWeb
Country/TerritoryIndia
Date20/01/18
DescriptionThe famous ‘Two Brothers’ mummies dating to around 1800 BC have different fathers and are actually half-brothers, scientists have found using ‘next generation’ DNA sequencing.

The Two Brothers are the oldest and among the best-known human remains in the Egyptology collection at the Manchester Museum in the UK. They are said to belong to two elite men – Khnum-nakht and Nakht-ankh.
URLwww.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-in-school/mystery-behind-two-4000-year-old-egyptian-mummies-solved/article22476467.ece
PersonsCampbell Price, Konstantina Drosou, BSc, MSc, PhD
Title4,000-year-old Egyptian mummies were thought to be brothers. Genetics tells a different story.
Media name/outletThe Washington Post
Media typeWeb
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Date19/01/18
DescriptionLong ago, Egyptians carved a cemetery into a rock wall along the Nile River 250 miles south of Cairo. The cemetery outlasted its 12th Dynasty creators. It survived intermittent pillaging by tomb raiders. And then in 1907, an excavator named Erfai discovered an untouched tomb. This was an unusual burial site. Within the tomb lay two high-society men, called Khnum-Nakht and Nakht-Ankh, their coffins adjacent.

Hieroglyphs on their 4,000-year-old coffins told part of their story. Each man was described as the son of a woman named Khnum-aa. The burial ground earned the nickname “the tomb of the two brothers.”

The two brothers have been on display in Britain, in the Manchester Museum, since 1908. Yet, nearly from the start, experts cast doubt on the men's fraternal relationship. A team led by anthropologist Margaret Murray, the first female archaeologist to become a lecturer at a British university, argued that "it is almost impossible to convince oneself that they belong to the same race, far less to the same family." The mummies' skull anatomies were too different, the scholars said. Later, researchers studied scraps of their skin. They agreed with Murray's team — the mummies' distinct complexions suggested these men did not share parents.
URLhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/01/19/4000-year-old-egyptian-mummies-were-thought-to-be-brothers-genetics-tells-a-different-story/?utm_term=.764cbd882fe1
PersonsCampbell Price, Konstantina Drosou, BSc, MSc, PhD
TitleScientists DNA Tested Two Famous Mummies And Figured Out How They're Related
Media name/outletIFL Science
Media typeWeb
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Date17/01/18
DescriptionEver since they were found buried together, the mummies of Khnum-nakht and Nakht-ankh have always been known as the “Two Brothers.” Over 3,800 years after their burial, using “next generation” ancient DNA sequencing, we can now actually test whether this nickname is well-founded.
URLwww.iflscience.com/editors-blog/dna-shows-famous-two-brothers-mummies-arent-brothers-although-they-are-related/
PersonsKonstantina Drosou, BSc, MSc, PhD
TitleEgyptian scandal? Meet the mummies with different daddies
Media name/outletThe Telegraph
Media typeWeb
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Date17/01/18
DescriptionTwo of Britain’s most well-known mummies could be at the centre of a 4,000-year-old family scandal, after DNA analysis showed they had different fathers.
URLwww.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/01/17/egyptian-scandal-meet-mummies-different-daddies/
PersonsKonstantina Drosou, BSc, MSc, PhD
TitleAncient DNA solves mystery of Manchester's 'Two Brothers'
Media name/outletGranada News
Media typeWeb
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Date17/01/18
DescriptionScientists have revealed that the famous ‘Two Brothers’ mummies of the Manchester Museum have different fathers so are, in fact, half-brothers.

They used ‘next generation’ DNA sequencing to make the discovery.

The Two Brothers are the Museum’s oldest mummies and some of the best-known human remains in its Egyptology collection. They are the mummies of two elite men - Khnum-nakht and Nakht-ankh – dating to around 1800 BC.
URLwww.itv.com/news/granada/update/2018-01-17/dna-helps-solve-ancient-mystery-of-the-two-brothers/
PersonsKonstantina Drosou, BSc, MSc, PhD, Campbell Price
TitleWho's the daddy, mummies? 3,800-year-old remains of Egyptian elite men buried together reveals they had DIFFERENT fathers but the same mother
Media name/outletMail Online
Media typeWeb
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Date17/01/18
DescriptionThe famous 'two brothers' mummies in Manchester Museum could be at the heart of an ancient family scandal.

The mummies of two elite men, Khnum-nakht and Nakht-ankh, date to around 1800 BC and are the oldest human remains in Manchester's Egyptology collection.

Their grave, found in 1907 near Cairo, had inscriptions that suggested both men were the sons of a local governor.
URLwww.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5271933/DNA-reveals-Two-Brothers-mummies-half-brothers.html
PersonsKonstantina Drosou, BSc, MSc, PhD, Campbell Price