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Confirmed! The Body in the Parking Lot IS King Richard III

By February 4, 2013

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Scientists today confirmed that the skeleton found under a parking lot in Leicester is, in fact, King Richard III, killed at the Battle of Bosworth.

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The skeleton, with very distinct curvature of the spine and clearly fatal head wounds, was uncovered in August 2012 under the parking lot of the Leicester Social Services Department.

Since then, teams from the University of Leicester - where DNA fingerprinting was invented - working with other academics from around Britain have been studying the remains. After determining its radiocarbon date was consistent with Richard III's death in 1485, specialists examined the ten wounds on the body. They determined that the injuries are consistent with what is known about Richard's death in battle and with the common practice of inflicting humiliation wounds on the body after death.

Then followed the genetic detective work. And it turns out that Richard III had a last living relative - in Canada.

Find out more about Richard III's distant relation and how he was found.

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