Scientists: the genotype of the ancient Egyptians was very different from modern
According to DNA testing of Egyptian mummies, the ancient Egyptians had little in common with the current inhabitants of this country, and with people now living in the Central and southern parts of Africa.
As pointed out in a report published in the journal Nature Communications, a German archaeologist Johannes Krause, the study was aimed at specifically finding out the degree of relationship of ancient and modern Egyptians.
In the end, scientists came to the conclusion that the inhabitants of Ancient Egypt were genotype close to the people of the Middle East — today’s Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Israel.
They conducted DNA tests approximately 90 mummies from tombs, made in the fourteenth century BC to IV century BC in the area South of Cairo. This helped researchers to understand how varied the population of Egypt during this time period.
Scientists say that the genes of the inhabitants of Central and southern Africa, the Egyptians began to manifest itself only starting from the IV—V centuries of our era cov. Until then, however, the genotype of the Egyptians remained virtually unchanged.