Mar 23, 2015 - Ancestry

RIP Richard III

Last weekend, more than 500 years after dying at the Battle of Bosworth, the last English monarch to die in combat was put to rest.richardiiiportrait

King Richard III’s funeral ends an interesting years-long scientific investigation, which began when his bones were uncovered under a Leicester parking lot.

The discovery offered a rare chance to take a known historical figure – made infamous by Shakespeare – and use DNA analysis and living relatives to piece together new information about this historical figure.

Simply confirming that the bones were Richard III’s was part of the process and scientists published findings to show how that was done.

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