Identification of Christopher Columbus Remains


World of Forensic Science, March 19,2009

Identification of Christopher Columbus Remains

After reading this article, I found that DNA analysis is a marvel in Forensic Science.  The scientists are able to identify someone through their mitochondrial DNA, which is passed down from their mother.  The DNA is able to remain intact for hundreds of years.  This case was about identifying Christopher Columbus’s remains.  It was said that Columbus’s remains were in Serville Cathedral, Spain.  The article also stated that his bones were buried in Santo Domingo Cathedral in the Dominican Republic.

Spanish researchers were going to extract DNA from both sights, back in 2005, in order to identify the bones.  The article did not state whether they were able to identify which sets of bones were Christopher Columbus’s.  I find it intriguing that two different sets of bones are stated to his.  I can’t wait to find out which ones they are.

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