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April 17, 1981

Genetics of the Eighteenth Dynasty-Reply

JAMA. 1981;245(15):1525. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310400011006

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In Reply.—  Dr Timmon's elegant ABO/MN analysis appears to me correct. If the mummy now thought to be Tiye does not prove to be A2N or ON, then she probably is not Tutankhamun's mommy's mummy. If she is A2N or ON, she may have been, but so might have been Sitamun. Clear?That the two mummified fetuses found in one of the chambers of Tutankhamun's tomb were his progeny is disputed. They are also considered to have been put there as ritual objects, symbols to help his rebirth to an afterlife. Unfortunately, they have disappeared and are no longer available for any kind of new examination.Whether or not Akhnaten, Smenkhkare, or Tutankhamun produced any offspring at all, much less a total of ten daughters, is also disputed. The frescos showing Akhnaten grieving for his "daughter" Maketaten include a figure holding a baby, sex indeterminate, which suggests to