The skeleton of Richard III, showing the curvature of the spine.
Wound on Richard’s rib.
Fatal would on the skull, one of two.
A cut wound on Richard’s pelvis which penetrated to the bone.
In a press conference this morning, the University of Leicester stated that DNA testing performed on a tooth extracted from skeletal remains found beneath a council car park in 2012 has confirmed that scientists have indeed found the five hundred year old body of King Richard III, killed at the battle of Bosworth Field on the 22 of August, 1485, ending the War of the Roses. He was the last of the Plantagenet dynasty, and the last English king to die in battle.
From various sources: this gourd contained a handkerchief soaked in blood which recent DNA tests have recently confirmed came from King Louis XVI.
The gourd bears an inscription reading:
“On January 21, Maximilien Bourdaloue dipped his handkerchief in the blood of Louis XVI after his decapitation”
Louis was, of course, King of France during the French Revolution, married to Marie Antoinette, and executed after being found guilty of treason by the National Convention in 1793.
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The most important photograph ever taken?
This is Photo 51, taken in 1952 by Rosalind Franklin. The photograph is an X-Ray diffraction image of hydrated DNA, the result of a 60-hour exposure, and was the key to the development of the double-helix model of DNA. The discovery led to Watson, Crick, and Wilkins being awarded a Nobel Prize in 1962.
The image one of about a million resources related to genetics being put online by the Wellcome Trust.
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