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Skeleton found under car park belongs to King Richard III

DNA testing has proven “beyond reasonable doubt” that the skeleton found underneath a parking lot in Leicester is that of King Richard III who was killed during the battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.

The skeleton had an “unusually slender, almost feminine build for a man” and was aged between the late 20s and early 30s. Richard died aged 32.

Without any “spinal abnormality”, the skeleton would have been 5’ 8” high, which was above average height for a medieval man, scientists say.

A total of 10 wounds have been discovered made to the skeleton, including eight on the skull. The injuries suggest the king may have lost his helmet during the battle which saw him deposed by Henry VII.

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Story: Nick Britten, Andrew Hough, The Telegraph | Photo: University of Leicester/AFP/Getty Images

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