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Recently an investigation of 259 mummies from Ancient Egypt has been carried out and it is stated that marriages between pharaohs, something quite common at that time because supposedly the sacred lineage was maintained, it could have a lot to do with the height of your children.
Franbk Rühli, director of the Institute for Evolutionary Medicine at the University of Zurich, and his team of researchers agree that incestuous marriages did have a lot to do with the height of their lineage.
Speaking to different specialized media, Rühli stated that this was something very normal in Ancient Egypt and that you can see the different heights that many of the pharaohs had during history.
For the study they used the different heights of the pharaohs and compared them with those of the commoners, which showed that in most cases, the pharaoh always had a very different height than the average of the common people, which reveals a consanguinity between their parents.
Throughout the history of Ancient Egypt there have been very little height difference between pharaohs or queens and commoner women, but where if it was noticed more it was in the pharaohs, who were taller than the rest of his people.
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As shown in the study, the mean height of the male population ranged from 1.61 in the New Kingdom to 1.69 in the early dynastic period, averaging 165.7cm on average for all time periods.
For their part, women in the Late Period had an average of 1.55 and 1.59 in the early dynastic period, with an average height of approximately 1.57. The height of the kings was an average of 1.66, even though the tallest pharaoh, according to history, was Ramses II, who came to measure 1.73 and his wife, Queen Nefertari-meri-em-Mut, measured 1.65, quite tall for her time.
For the study, a height variation pattern, which showed that the rich and the poor lived in homogeneous environments, while the middle groups lived in more variable environments.
For its part, Barry bogin, Professor of Biological Anthropology at Loughborough University, UK, stated that: “average height and height variation very well reflects the quality of the environment. A good environment of men such as kings and pharaohs could also have influenced the variation in height with respect to that of commoners”.
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