Sunday, January 17, 2016
Archaeologists discovered the 2,200-year-old remains of a man in a tomb in an ancient cemetery near Turpan, China. The man had a deformed knee, fused at an 80% angle, that would have prevented him from walking or riding horses. This deformity may have resulted from inflammation caused by tuberculosis. He had been fitted with a fully functional prosthetic leg with a horse hoof at the bottom that acted like a foot. The artificial limb was made of poplar wood and was well-worn, indicating it had been in use for some time. The ancient device resembles the industrially manufactured or home-made leg prosthetics used two thousand years later.