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Scientists Say Copernicus' Remains Found

Scientists Say Copernicus' Remains Found
Swedish DNA expert Marie Allen speaks at a news conference to announce the identification of remains believed to belong to Nicolaus Copernicus, in Warsaw, Poland, on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. (Image credit: AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) ? Researchers believe theyhave identified the remains of Nicolaus Copernicus by comparing DNA from askeleton they have found with that of hair retrieved from one of the16th-century astronomer's books.

JerzyGassowski, an academic at an archaeology school in Poland, also says facialreconstruction of the skull his team found buried in a cathedral in Polandclosely resembles existing portraits of Copernicus, whose theories identifiedthe Sun, not the Earth, as the center of the universe.

Gassowskiand Marie Allen, a Swedish DNA expert, told reporters about their findings in Warsaw on Thursday.

Allen saidDNA from the bones and teeth matches that of hair found in a book the Polishastronomer owned. It is in a library at Sweden's Uppsala University.

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