Word today of new DNA results for Richard III. In 2012, scientists extracted genetic material from newly discovered skeletal remains unearthed beneath a Leicester parking lot. The results revealed a 99.999% probability that the body was that of the Plantagenet king Richard III, interred at the former site of Greyfriars Abbey after his death in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.
Interesting new results of continuing analysis of the DNA reveal that genetic material passed down on the maternal side matches that of living relatives, but genetic information passed down on the male side does not.
Professor Kevin Schurer of the University of Leicester notes, “We may have solved one historical puzzle, but in so doing, we opened up a whole new one.”
However, given the wealth of other details linking the body to Richard III, the scientists conclude that infidelity is the most likely explanation.
The researchers took all the information […]