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300-Year-Old Mummy Turns Out To Be A Relative Of Britain's Secretary Of State

In the 1970s, a mummified corpse was discovered. Treatment for syphilis likely killed the woman in 1787, nearly 200 years earlier. Though most other details about her life remained a secret, scientists have recently run tests and uncovered a surprising fact: she is actually the great, great, great, great, great, great grandmother of British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

Her backstory is quite fascinating, in a postmortem sort of way.

The mystery of the mummy's identity is no longer a mystery!

Johnson responded with good humor:

Twitter users were taken aback by this strange news:

Family photos are adorable!

Before we get too excited, it's important to remember that along with all those "greats" comes a lot of chances for the family tree to branch out. Boris Johnson shares his relation to this mummy with thousands of others.

Geneaology + archaeology = a classic good time!

H/T - Twitter, BBC