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Soil samples reveal Richard III suffered from roundworm

4 September 2013 Last updated at 11:26 BST

New research reveals that King Richard III suffered from roundworm.

The remains of the monarch, who died during the battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, were exhumed from underneath a car park in Leicester last year.

Tests from a soil sample near the body revealed multiple roundworm eggs. The parasite infests the human digestive tract.

Dr Piers Mitchell, a biological anthropologist from Cambridge University, carried out the study. He spoke to the BBC about his findings.

Footage courtesy of University of Leicester

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