Spain Claims Remains of Columbus

The mystery continues. After years of testing, Spanish researchers are claming that their country possesses the bones of explorer Christopher Columbus.

Spain has long claimed that Columbus was buried there but Santo Domingo also lays claim to the authentic remains and have constructed an elaborate monument to house them. Now researchers feel that DNA evidence has identified the correct site.

"There is absolute matchup between the mitochondrial DNA we have studied from Columbus' brother and Christopher Columbus," said Marcial Castro, a Seville-area historian and high school teacher who is the mastermind behind the project, which began in 2002. Mitochondria are cell components rich in DNA.