Disclaimer: The photos you are about to see below are meant to illustrate the physical effects of inbreeding. While many have come to the speculation that these are inbred children, not all of the photos have been confirmed.
Inbreeding is breeding that takes place between close relatives, brother and sister, parents and their child, or even cousin and cousin. While animal breeders breed their stock to for specific traits, it can also backfire on the offspring of the parents/relatives. And so, the same happens to the children of humans that are related to one another.
In fact, “the closer the blood, the more dangerous the risk to the children.” That’s why the “ick factor” is so high whenever people come to the thought of relatives breeding with each other. That repulsion is instinctive, and not only humans have it, animals do too. It’s only normal to shy away from intimate relationships with those we’re related to.
Due to the fact that dominant traits between intimate partners related to each other are magnified, the chance that their child could have that trait also becomes magnified. Think of the British royal family. How many members of their family have been born with hemophilia?
Not only is there a chance that the child could have significant or fatal defects, over time, inbreeding actually reduces fertility. The morbidity/mortality risk to children before their first birthday increases. Children born to close relatives also develop a lot slower, the child might start walking at a later age than a child born to parents not related to each other by blood.
1. King Tut
According to studies, it was speculated, that King Tut’s parents were most probably related, sister and brother to be exact. Researchers used genetic fingerprinting to determine that King Tut’s shared the same parents. Researchers found that, because of this, the child pharaoh suffered from severe genetic disorders from the time he was born. They revealed that King Tut was forced to walk with a can because he had a club foot. According to The Smithsonian, the pharaoh was buried with canes, which proved he wasn’t able to walk on his own. Moreover, according to Medical Daily, King Tut had feminine hips and a “pronounced overbite.” As well as Kohler’s disease, which is known as a rare genetic disorder that caused King Tut to lose bones in his foot.