ID of skeleton thought to belong to Richard III to be revealed
A historical mystery could soon be resolved, with the help of a Canadian family.
On Monday, scientists will announce the results of tests meant to determine whether a skeleton found under a parking lot in central England belongs to 15th-century King Richard III, the last English monarch to die in combat.
Researchers at the University of Leicester have analyzed the bones, which were discovered during an archeological dig in September.
The skeleton showed signs of Richard's famed spinal curvature & of fatal battle wounds.
Scientists compared its DNA with samples taken from a Canadian family that is a direct descendant of Anne of York, Richard's eldest sister.
Jeff Ibsen says he was warned long ago that his family might be called upon if the king's burying place was ever discovered.
The University of Leicester refuses to speculate on what Monday's announcement will say. But archaeologists, historians & local tourism officials are all hoping for confirmation that the monarch's long-lost remains have been located.
Richard was immortalized in a play by William Shakespeare as a hunchbacked usurper who left a trail of bodies, including those of his 2 young nephews, murdered in the Tower of London on his way to the throne.
(With files from The Canadian & Associated Presses)