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March 26, 2005

Medici muddle

Investigation of the remains of Medici family members has been complicated by extra bodies, bodies in the wrong burial and... previous investigations. Take Grand Duke Francesco Medici I, for example.

As for Francesco himself, according Dr Lippi, an earlier researcher threw away the most vital clue.

"His body was exhumed in 1947 by an anthropologist. Being an anthropologist, what interested him was the shape of the skull. So what did he do? He took away the scalp. ... "Arsenic residues end up in the nails and hair. But it would be difficult to find any in the four hairs we found left in Francesco's tomb."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 26, 2005 09:37 AM

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