Skip to comments.Bones Under Parking Lot Belonged to Richard III
Posted on 02/08/2013 7:24:29 PM PST by neverdem
Until it was discovered beneath a city parking lot last fall, the skeleton had lain unmarked, and unmourned, for more than 500 years. Friars fearful of the men who slew him...
Dr. King said tests conducted at three laboratories in England and France had found that the descendants mitochondrial DNA, a genetic element inherited through the maternal line of descent, matched that extracted from the parking lot skeleton. She said all three samples belonged to a type of mitochondrial DNA that is carried by only 1 to 2 percent of the English population, a rare enough group to satisfy the project team, pending more work on the samples, that a match had been found.
When she studied the results for the first time, she said, she went very quiet, then did a little dance around the laboratory.
Even before the DNA findings came in, team members said, evidence pointed conclusively at the remains as being those of the king. These included confirmation that the body was that of a slight, slender man in his late 20s or early 30s Richard was 32 at his death and an analysis of his bones that showed that his high-protein diet had been rich in meat and marine fish, characteristic of a privileged life in the 15th century.
Also strongly indicative, they said, was the radiocarbon dating of two rib bones that showed that they were those of somebody who died between 1455 and 1540. In addition, team members said, the remains showed an array of injuries consistent with historical accounts of the fatal blows Richard III suffered on the battlefield, and other blows he was likely to have sustained after death from vengeful soldiers of the army of Henry Tudor, the Bosworth victor, who succeeded Richard as King Henry VII...
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Oh, please -- they didn't even have parking lots in his time! ;)
One day you’re the King of England, and pretty soon, somebody parks a Yugo on you.
“My kingdom for a parking lot.”
If he drove his wife’s, they’ll probably Ceasar car to pay the tab!
Jay Leno thought they were confused, and
last night said that it was actually Keith Richards.
This news is like a week old. Why are they still posting it?
He’s still dead today then is he?
Dude died like a hero guarding his parking spot!
Let’s post it again!
To enrich the minds of those that happen to miss it the first time around?
keep digging. Maybe thyll find Jimmy Hoffa next?
I’m no archaeologist, but his teeth look British ...
So he was a valet on the side?
Richard III song.
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