Friday, 28 March 2014

What if Richard III isn't Richard III?

Here's a good one - what if the skeleton found in the car park isn't Richard III? Two English history professors suggest that Richard's grandmother Jean Beaufort had 16 children, and that some of her descendants may also have fought and died alongside Richard at Bosworth. They would also carry the same mitochondrial DNA that Richard did. The discovery of mitochondrial DNA, passed down the maternal line, was used to help prove the origins of the bones found in Leicester - but what if it is actually one of Richard's relatives?

You can't beat a good cat amongst the pigeons story! Further coverage is in the Independent newspaper at


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