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Skeleton Under Parking Lot Identified as King Richard III

By February 4, 2013

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Ancient remains uncovered in August 2012 under the parking lot of the Leicester Social Services Department in Leicester, England, have been identified "beyond reasonable doubt" as belonging to King Richard III. Lead archaeologist and other experts from the University of Leicester said that the bones had been subjected to "rigorous academic study, and had been carbon dated to a period of about 1455-1540. Genealogical research then came into play to identify a 17th-generation descendant of Richard's sister living in Canada whose DNA could be compared to DNA extracted from the bones; DNA that provided a positive maternal match, meaning that the two are likely to have shared a lineage. The DNA evidence by itself is far from conclusive, however, as it is possible that two people can share the same maternal DNA (mtDNA) by chance. However, when combined with the other evidence, the DNA has the research team convinced the remains are those of King Richard III.

Richard, who was killed in battle in 1485, will be reinterred in Leicester Cathedral.

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