Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Mummy's false toe may be the world's oldest known prosthetic device

JS Online (Journal Sentinel)
A University of Manchester researcher believes two artificial big toes, one of which was found on the foot of an Egyptian mummy, may represent the earliest prosthetic devices.
The toes, which predate 600 B.C., would be several hundred years older than the Roman Capula Leg, previously considered the oldest prosthetic device.
Update 16th February

The abstract linked contains more than the quote presented, but the University of Manchester has recognise the popularirty of this story and has posted a new article which as more information.  The original paper was published in the Lancet.

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