Monday, February 23, 2009

Copernicus: the latest sighting

from the magazine ARCHAEOLOGY, March/April 2009:

“POLAND: Until now, no one knew for certain what happened to the remains of Nicolas Copernicus, the 16th-century astronomer who proclaimed that the earth revolves around the sun. Scientists have solved the mystery--they matched DNA from a skeleton, found in a cathedral in 2005, with DNA from hair taken from Copernicus's copy of Johannes Stoeffler's Calendarium Romanum Magnum.
A facial reconstruction based on the skull bears a convincing likeness to portraits of the heretical scientist, from the scar above his eye to his crooked nose. “

To see a photo of the reconstruction go to ‘World Roundup’ [Patel, S. 2009: 62 (2): 11]