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DNA analysis confirms — at least to a 99.999% probability — that the 15th-century skeleton found under a parking lot two years ago is indeed that of King Richard III of England, researchers announced Tuesday.
"Even with our highly conservative analysis, the evidence is overwhelming that these are indeed the remains of King Richard III, thereby closing an over 500-year-old missing person's case," saidgeneticist Turi King of the University of Leicester, who led the DNA effort.
Richard was buried unceremoniously after being brutally killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. He was the last English king to die in battle, and his death marked the end of the 300-plus-year Plantagenet dynasty and the beginning of the 118-year reign of the House of Tudor.
Analysis of the complete mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequence from Skeleton 1 shows a perfect match with the mtDNA sequence of one living female-line relative of Richard III and a single substitution when compared with a second living female-line relative. The Y-chromosome haplotype from Skeleton 1 does not match that of male-line relatives of Richard III, but this is not remarkable given that a false-paternity event could have occurred in any of the intervening generations.
Amazing what can be found of lost history in unexpected places.
What did Richard do that led to such treatment and are there any lessons that may apply today?