December 30 2010 at 07:25

HE lay with his spouse in a burial mound in Russia, symbols of their royal status, power and wealth adorning both skeletons, their tomb untouched for 27 centuries. But while the find was thrilling for the archaeologists involved, it was the palaeopathologists, specialists in ancient diseases, who ultimately benefited most.

For the man had died of metastasising cancer and this is the oldest confirmed case of prostate cancer in history.

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