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DNA Tests Say Hitler's Skull Actually Female

Monday, 28 Sep 2009 01:09 PM

By Jim Meyers

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A skull long believed to be Adolf Hitler's is actually the remains of a woman, according to a scientist who has taken DNA samples from it.

Soviet troops found the skull among charred remains outside Hitler's bunker in Berlin in 1945. The Russians said at the time that the remains confirmed that the Nazi dictator had shot himself on April 30, 1945, and then been cremated along with his wife Eva Braun.

But University of Connecticut archaeologist and bone specialist Nick Bellantoni says the skull belonged to a woman under age 40, and not Hitler, who was 56 when he died, Britain's Sky News reported.

Bellantoni is convinced the skull is not Braun's because it has a bullet wound, and Braun is thought to have killed herself by taking cyanide.

Bellantoni flew to Moscow to take DNA swabs of the skull at the State Archives, according to Britain's Daily Mail.

The Russians have claimed that dental records confirm that the skull is Hitler's.

But his dental records "were destroyed on the orders of Martin Bormann in 1944, so there were no records of top Nazi leaders with which to compare the charred findings," historian and journalist Gerrard Williams told Sky News.

"There is no forensic evidence whatsoever that Hitler died in the bunker."

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