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The remains of Nicolaus Copernicus, the 16th century father of modern astronomy, were finally laid to rest in a marked grave, the day after the 467th anniversary of his death, in a Polish cathedral Saturday.
Swedish and polish researchers now publish results from the analysis of the putative remains of Copernicus. A DNA-analysis of shed of hairs found in a book from Museum Gustavianum, Uppsala University, was one interesting piece in the project.
DNA from strands of hair found in a 16th century book confirm human remains uncovered in Poland belong to astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. Jerzy Gassowski, head of the Archeology and Anthropology Institute in Pultusk, Poland, announced the results of the DNA testing Thursday in a news conference. Copernicus, who first formed the hypothesis that the sun was the center of the universe, died in 1543 at the age of 70.
Polish archaeologists are all but certain they have located the skeletal remains of Nicholas Copernicus, the 16th-century cleric whose heliocentric theory was to revolutionize astronomy.
- A gift; a largess; a gratuity; a present; a dole.