Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Richard III DNA mapping: historic first lets experts look into eyes of Plantagenet king


Richard III is to become the first historical figure to have his full genetic code sequenced, in a project that will reveal his hair and eye colour.
Archaeologists have already confirmed that the last Plantagenet king was a hunchback after finding a twisted spine when they recovered his skeleton from beneath a car park in Leicester.
Now they will be able to check whether portraits of a dark-haired brooding monarch are accurate. “It is an extremely rare occurrence that archaeologists are involved in the excavation of a known individual, let alone a king of England,” said Dr Turi King, from the University of Leicester, who is leading the gene sequencing project.
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