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Mystery Leonardo da Vinci 'relics' discovered

By T.K. Randall
April 21, 2017 · Comment icon 3 comments



Has da Vinci's skeleton been unearthed ? Image Credit: Svenska Familj-Journalen
Researchers in Italy have located two undisclosed 'relics' that once belonged to da Vinci himself.
The items were uncovered during a decades-long genealogical study in to da Vinci's family and include what is believed to be the first known biological evidence of the Renaissance genius.

If this turns out to be true then it could make it possible to study samples of his DNA.

"I can't yet disclose the nature of these relics," said historian Alessandro Vezzosi, director of the Museo Ideale in Vinci - the town in which Leonardo was born in 1452. "I can only say that both are historically associated with Leonardo da Vinci. One is an object, the other is organic material."
Da Vinci's earthly remains were thought to have been lost before the turn of the 19th century, however in 1863 a skeleton was unearthed at the church of Saint-Florentin in France with an inscription which read "LEO DUS VINC", leading many to believe that his body had been found.

It appears that the recently announced relics may be closely connected to this discovery.

"We have verified its historical accuracy, and we can now say the relic is associated to the skeleton unearthed in 1863," said historian Agnese Sabato.

Source: Seeker.com | Comments (3)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by aka CAT 6 years ago
Leonardo da Vinci was the greatest.  Though the origin of the organic findings isn't 100% certain, the DNA results should be consistent with what is known about him.
Comment icon #2 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
Won't the DNA only confirm the era of the skeleton?  If we don't have any viable DNA from da Vinci to compare the skeletal results, how are we going to be sure?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Gingitsune 6 years ago
It says that the genealogical study researchers had found a Da Vinci man descendant of one of Leonardo's brothers on their all male line (he lives in Spain if I remember well). If the Y-DNA signature fit, we will know the ancient DNA belong to a Da Vinci. The article also state they are looking to find descendants of Leonardo's sisters in their all women line, they would carry the same mt-DNA signature as Leonardo, his mother and his siblings. If both Y-DNA and mt-DNA fit, it's in all likelihood Leonardo himself. That's how they identify Richard III of England, although Y-DNA didn't fit in his... [More]


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