Richard III: Discovery and identification
Professor Turi King and Professor Kevin Schürer’s work is freely available online in their peer-reviewed academic paper, Identification of the remains of King Richard III.
An overview of genetics at Leicester and the approach for the identification.
We needed DNA comparison to confirm the identity of the Greyfriars bones.
Details of the female-line family tree.
Details of the male-line family tree.
How we used DNA analysis from living relatives to confirm the identity of the skeleton.
Professor Turi King collected DNA samples from the living female-line and male-line relatives of Richard III and carried out the DNA analysis on those samples at the University of Leicester.
The results of the DNA analysis showed us the hair and eye colour of Richard III.