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Skull called that of Copernicus

November 21, 2008|Times Wire Reports

Researchers said they had identified the remains of Nicolaus Copernicus by comparing DNA from a skeleton and hair retrieved from one of the 16th century astronomer's books.

The finding could end centuries of speculation about the resting spot of Copernicus, whose theories put the Earth in orbit around the sun.

Archaeologist Jerzy Gassowski told a news conference that a skull, missing its lower jaw, was found in 2005 buried in a Roman Catholic cathedral in Frombork. It belonged to a man about 70 -- Copernicus' age when he died in 1543.

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