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Melissa Snell

It's Richard!

By February 4, 2013

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The skeleton found under a parking lot in Leicester has been confirmed as that of Richard III. DNA samples taken from the bones match samples from two known descendants of Richard's family. One descendant wishes to remain anonymous; the other, Michael Ibsen, is a 17th-generation descendant of Richard's sister.

DNA is not the only evidence scholars have for concluding that the skeleton was Richard. The location of the grave, the site of a medieval priory, matches the place where period records indicate Richard was laid to rest. The skeleton shows severe scoliosis, a curvature of the spine that corresponds with the description of Richard as having been a "hunchback." And damage to the skull and other bones indicates that the man was not only killed in battle, he suffered "humiliation wounds" consistent with the description of the desecration of Richard's corpse after the Battle of Bosworth Field. Taken together, all the evidence is about as conclusive as scientists can get after five hundred years.

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February 7, 2013 at 1:40 pm
(1) Brenda says:

The recreation of his face and head was wonderful. I wish they would do more of them on other rulers. It would be great to get a better idea of what they really looked like, instead of the often bad or overly flattering court portraits.

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