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Remains may be that of Copernicus

Nov. 4, 2005 at 6:04 PM   |   Comments

FROMBORK, Poland, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A computer-generated reconstruction of a skull and partial remains discovered in Frombork, Poland, appears to resemble portraits of Nicolaus Copernicus.

The remains, found in Frombork Cathedral, had been examined by specialists at the central crime laboratory in Warsaw. The examination determined the skull was of a man who had died at age 60 to 70, reported the BBC Friday. Copernicus -- who has been called the father of modern astronomy for his 16th century theory that the Earth orbited the Sun -- died in 1543 at age 70.

The grave of Copernicus, a canon who lived and worked at Frombork Cathedral, was never discovered until last summer's apparent breakthrough.

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