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DNA Analysis on Richard III Remains Due Next Year

Monday, December 10, 2012

Richard III earliest surviving portraitLEICESTER, ENGLAND—The DNA test results on the skeletal remains thought to belong to Richard III are due in the New Year. This article reviews the discovery of the skeleton, which was uncovered with a kink and an arrowhead in its spine and damage to its skull, in the remains of the Grey Friars church in Yorkshire. “I went into it with enthusiasm –but no great hopes of finding Richard III. It was a million to one chance. I said I’d eat my hat if we did. I really didn’t think we would find anything,” remembered Richard Buckley of the University of Leicester.