Egyptian mummy
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Researchers discovered a valuable trove of human DNA from mummies that unveiled genetic secrets of ancient Egyptians, particularly their relationship to modern Egyptians — or lack thereof. It turns out, the mummies’ ancestry is greatly different from the genetic roots of people who live in Egypt now.

According to a report from Nature, the team used data from 90 mummies buried between 1380 B.C. during Egypt’s New Kingdom and 425 A.D. during the Roman period. They discovered that the mummies’ closest relatives were ancient farmers from a region that includes modern Israel and Jordan. Meanwhile, modern Egyptians share more DNA with the people of central Africa.

Previous discoveries have already suggested a possible relationship between Egypt and the Middle East, but this new study…