Clever Archaeology: Finding Copernicus

Copernicus

I’m all for pushing the boundaries when it comes to solving histories riddles, but this one takes the cake!

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From ScienceDaily.com

The efforts to identify the remains of Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543), found under the cathedral in Frombork, was made in a collaborative project between Swedish and Polish scientists in a team consisting of archaeologists, anthropologists and geneticists. The results is published this week in the journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences).

At Uppsala University a DNA analysis was performed of shed hairs found in a book owned by Copernicus for decades, and now kept in Museum Gustavianum at Uppsala University.  Read more…

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