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16-century astronomer Tycho Brahe’s remains exhumed

Scientists have exhumed the remains of the 16th-century Danish astronomer in order to conclusively determine the cause of his death. His extraordinarily accurate stellar and planetary observations, which helped lay the foundations of early modern astronomy, are well known and documented, but mystery still surrounds his sudden death. It had

Nicolaus Copernicus reburied

Nicolaus Copernicus has been reburied after the his remains were exhumed to conclusively identify them, 467 years after his death. A painstaking search ensued for several years until the precious genetic material required was finally found. Göran Henriksson, astronomer at the University of Uppsala in Sweden, searching in a book

200 Spanish Civil War mass graves unearthed

A team of forensic experts, anthropologists and archaeologists have unearthed 200 Spanish Civil War mass graves in Spain and have exhumed the bodies of 4,800 people. "As long as the families want us to, we will search for them," said Etxeberria at a conference held during the Apr. 23-30 8th

Fulke Greville’s tomb to be probed, solve Shakespeare mystery

To those who believe William Shakespeare did author his plays, Fulke Grevillie has always been a top choice for who truly did. It was rumoured that all the original manuscripts were buried with him. Now an endoscope will be used to probe the tomb and determine if this is true.

Astronomer Tycho Brahe to be exhumed

The body of astronomer Tycho Brahe, who died in 1601, is set to be exhumed to determine his cause of death. DA group of Danish and Czech experts will therefore soon be able to carry out detailed analyses of the astronomer’s bone, hair and clothing remains to find the answer to

Leonard da Vinci’s bones to be exhumed

Scientists in Italy are seeking permission to exhume the bones of artist Leonardo da Vinci. Scientists seeking permission to exhume the remains of Leonardo da Vinci plan to reconstruct his face to discover whether his masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, is a disguised self-portrait. A team from Italy’s National Committee for Cultural Heritage,

Was Meriwether Lewis of ‘Lewis and Clark’ fame murdered?

Did Meriwether Lewis take his own life, or did thieves of political enemies murder him? His descendants have now requested that his body be exhumed to see what evidence can be found. "What we want is the truth," said Howell Lewis Bowen, 73, Lewis' great-great-great-great nephew. "We've had one roadblock after

Skull of Buffalo Soldier reunited with body

The skull of an African American soldier in the Civil War has been reunited with the rest of his skeleton, exhumed from the Fort Craig cemetary. There turned out to be dozens of bodies still at the cemetery. All were exhumed by the government two years ago and placed in storage.