anatomy

Did Somebody Rob King Tut’s Tomb to Hide His Micro-Penis?

King Tut, the 19-year-old mummified Egyptian ruler, has neither clothes nor penis.

Though his organ was there in 1922 when his mummy was first unwrapped, it’s since gone missing. And it has The New Scientist journalist Jo Marchant, who was researching the cause of the king’s death (previously said to be a bone disorder, but this year claimed to be sickle-cell anemia), proposing another theory: Antley-Bixler syndrome, which creates interesting physical quarks like elongated skulls and, yes, mal- or under-formed genitalia. Naturally Egypt doesn’t look kindly on such claims of emasculation; chief archaeologist Zahi Hawass says Tut was hung. [Time]