Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Search for King Richard III: The Genealogy

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It would have been useful if he'd indicated how far back these two maternal lines had diverged. The further back the better, obviously.

I'm puzzled that there seems to have been no comparison with the male-line DNA. I understand that there is no shortage of male-line descendants to compare with (the Duke of Beaufort being one). Of course, "'tis a wise child that knows his own father", but even so I'd have thought it would have been worth attempting the comparison.

Is the mitochondrial match alone conclusive? It would be interesting to know how many of those who fought at Bosworth shared Richard III's maternal line. I hardly think the improbability would be in the same league that modern-day court-room DNA matches attain.