New exhibit to reveal latest research on Richard IIIs DNA and ancestry

A new exhibit at the Science Museum in London has revealed the latest scientific discoveries about the life, death and DNA of King Richard III.

The exhibit, which runs from 25 March to 25 June and features analysis of Richard III’s genome, a 3D printed skeleton and a prototype coffin, explores how forensic investigators used CT scans to prove a sword, dagger and halberd caused the King's fatal injuries. A reproduction halberd, the weapon that inflicted several of Richard III’s wounds, is also on display.

Dr Turi King (pictured), Lecturer in Genetics, has announced fascinating new details about false paternity in Richard III’s ancestry focusing on a new development in the search for the break in the Y chromosome line. These details can be found here in a statement by Dr Turi King.

Richard III is the first historical figure in the world to have his full genome sequenced. To identify the King, scientists took DNA samples from his living relatives, including Richard III’s 17th great-grandnephew Michael Ibsen. Michael’s mitochondrial DNA – supplied in a vial of spit that will be on display - matched DNA from the King’s tooth and femur, helping prove the remains found under a car park in Leicester were that of King Richard III.