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Deciphering the Cairo toe

Wooden digit could reveal ancient medical know-how

British researchers question if this false toe worn by an Egyptian woman more than 2,600 years ago had more than merely a cosmetic purpose. Evidence suggests it was a prosthesis, which would make it the world’s oldest.
By Colin Nickerson
Globe Staff / July 28, 2007

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Scientists are trying to determine if a millennia-old artificial big toe from ancient Egypt could really walk the walk. (Full article: 953 words)

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