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World's First Prosthetic: Egyptian Mummy's Fake Toe

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    An artificial big toe found on the foot of an Egyptian mummy could prove to be the world's earliest functioning prosthetic body part, it was announced today.

    Volunteers who have lost their right big toe are now being recruited to see how effective replicas of the prosthesis are.

    The fake toe from the Cairo museum in Egypt was found in 2000 in a tomb near the ancient city of Thebes. Archaeologists speculated the 50- to 60-year-old woman the prosthesis came from might have lost her toe due to complications from diabetes.

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