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King Richard III suffered from roundworms

Evidence of roundworms, a parasite spread through ingestion of food and water contaminated by fecal matter, has been found in the grave of Richard III.

Several eggs were found in samples taken from the pelvis, where the king’s intestines would have been, but not from the skull and only very small numbers were identified in soil surrounding the grave.

The findings suggest that the higher concentration of eggs in the pelvic area most likely arose from a roundworm infection the King suffered in his life, rather than from human waste dumped in the area at a later date, researchers said.

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Story: Nick Collins, The Telegraph | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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