“The following development is intended to show: (1) that the level of melanin is a fundamental racial characteristic; (2) that this rate can very well be measured in practice by various methods in the laboratory for all races and for living or dead beings. We then applied the method to a few Egyptian mummies preserved in the anthropological laboratory of the Musée de l’Homme in Paris, thanks to the kindness of Mrs. CHAMLA, head of the department, and her aides. We used the technique of thin sections observed in ultraviolet or natural light; The preparations were graciously prepared by Mrs. J. GUILLEN, a technician in the physiology laboratory of the Faculty of Sciences of Dakar and Mr Mamadou CISSE, in charge of the IFAN Vertebrate Department. The results speak for themselves: first of all, contrary to widespread opinion, mummification processes do not destroy the epidermis to the point of rendering the method inapplicable in most cases. In particular, it would make it possible to analyze the skin of all the royal mummies of the Cairo Museum in perfect state of preservation: Thutmosis III, founder of the XVIIIth dynasty, the conqueror of all Western Asia, Sethi (Seti) I the founder Of the XIXth Dynasty, his son the famous Rameses II. The game would be worth the candle, and that’s why I tried to get samples to analyze. The Curator of the Cairo Museum, Dr. RYAD, had promised to send me, but I have been waiting for more than a year. I am surprised, however, that such an analysis has not already been attempted and carried out by other researchers for a very long time. In any case, we can say that such an examination undoubtedly reveals an unknown melanin level in leucoderm races and undoubtedly classifies ancient Egyptians among Africans of Black Africa.”

Source: Cheikh Anta Diop. “Pigmentation des anciens Égyptiens. Test par la mélanine.” Bulletin of the Fundamental Institute for Black Africa. Volume XXXV, No. 3. July 3, 1973. Translated by Keyamsha. https://keyamsha.com/2017/04/10/the-melanin-dosage-test-by-cheikh-anta-diop/.

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