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Medieval skeletons found with rare bone growth disorder

Scientists are hoping the discovery of two ancient skeletons in a medieval Irish graveyard may hold key insights for medical experts studying a rare genetic bone disease.

There have only been 16 cases of the hereditary bone growth disorder, now known as multiple osteochondromas, identified in ancient remains worldwide. Four of these have been located in Ireland.

The two skeletons — one around 800-years-old and the other 1,100-years-old — dug up along with the remains of more than 1,000 men, women and children from the Ballyhanna graveyard site at Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, have attracted the attention of international medical researchers.

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