DNA tests conducted on the remains of King Richard III suggest that contrary to historical records, the king had blue eyes, blond hair and a less-than-ironclad claim to the throne.
Two years after the king's remains were discovered beneath a parking lot in the English city of Leicester, geneticists have found a likely divergence between the king's real life appearance and how he was painted after his death, CNN reports. "The genetic evidence shows he had a 96% probability of having blue eyes, and a 77% probability of having blond hair, though this can darken with age," said University of Leicester genetic specialist Turi King.
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The findings also raised questions about Richard III's claimed descent from his predecessor, Edward III. Five living descendants from that royal bloodline had intriguing mismatches in their genetic markers, suggesting a mysterious break occurred somewhere along the family tree.