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Copernicus Had Blue Eyes

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« on: July 12, 2009, 01:03:23 am »

Despite missing the lower jaw, the skull provided additional clues that led to the identification of the remains. It belonged to a man who died at the age between the age of 60 and 70, and had suffered a broken nose. The skull also featured a cut mark above the left eye.

Indeed, Copernicus, who died in Frombork on May 24, 1543 at the age of 70, had a crooked nose -- the consequence of an accident as a child. Furthermore, his self portrait shows a scar above the left eye.

Although forensic facial reconstruction of the skull matched contemporary portraits, a DNA test was performed in order to identify the remains.

Because of a lack of genetic material from maternal or paternal relatives, "the hope to find a reference DNA that could be linked to Copernicus was focused on an astronomical reference book, Calendarium Romanum Magnum by Johannes Stoeffler," said the researchers.

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