It's official: Scientists have discovered the bones of King Richard III of England, and this new bust (above) is what he looked like. Impressed?
News of the investigation came late last year that archaeologists had uncovered a skeleton in a parking lot in Leicester, England. The skeleton had the distinguishable markings of the late 15th-century king, who suffered from severe scoliosis and was said to have died with multiple punctured wounds to his body at the Battle of Bosworth. Along with historical records that helped locate the body's whereabouts, the real confirmation came through a DNA match, which scientists pulled from a direct living descendant of Richard III's maternal side.
Of the new findings scientists have uncovered through his remains, we now know that the king had a slight underbite and that his body was riddled with "humiliation injuries"—including a slice to the skull and a pelvic wound from a weapon, originating from the buttocks. Ouch.
Although he was known to be a ruthless monarch (he was believed to have murdered his nephews to remain on the throne), the government of Leicester plan on giving His Majesty a proper burial at Leicester Cathedral, although the BBC reports the city of York is campaigning to have him interned at York Minster since he was the last king of the House of York.
Regardless of the outcome, King Richard III is set to have a proper burial...after all, evil or not, a parking lot isn't a respectable place for a king.
Additional Source: The Daily Mail