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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

Genetic research shows Copernicus had blue eyes

The eyes of Nicolaus Copernicus, the father of modern astronomy, were blue, according to new genetic research that has identifide the scientist's remains. Published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the research -- announced last November -- details the identification of the remains, while also suggesting

5 historical figures’ remains identified with DNA

Mental_Floss has compiled a list of 5 fascinating stories of historical figures whose remains have been identified through DNA analysis. For a time, most people forgot about the body [of St. Luke the Evangelist] in Padua. In 1998, Guido Barbujani of the University of Ferrara broke the seals of the coffin