The complexity of identifying Richard III

Archaeologists, historians and royalists are waiting with bated breath for the determination of the identity of a skeleton found in Leicester, England. The skeleton is believed to be that of King Richard III, but they may have a long wait for the test results.

The remains have thus far received a CT (computed tomography) scan in order to build a 3-D image. Other tests include analysis of soil samples, DNA testing against a living relative, and carbon dating, all requiring time and extraordinary care. "There are many specialists involved in the process, and so we have to coordinate all of the tests so the analysis is done in a specific order," said Richard Buckley, a forensic pathologist at the University's East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit.