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Mona Lisa’s skull unearthed

The skull believed to belong to Lisa Cherardini Del Giocondo, thought to be the model for the Mona Lisa, has been located under a convent in Italy.

The idea is to reconstruct her face using her real skull and compare it to the painting to see if they match.

The skull was found 1.5 metres under the convent’s original floor near fragments of human ribs and vertebrae, according to excavation officials.

Researchers will now compare DNA from the skull to bones of two children buried nearby who are believed to be Gherardini’s kids.

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Story: Jenni Dunning, Toronto Star | Photo: Fabrizio Giovannozzi/AP

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