Venerdì, 21 Settembre 2018
FLORENCE

Secret to identifying Mona Lisa's remains is in the flies

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(ANSA) - Florence, October 9 - Researchers digging for the
remains of Leonardo da Vinci's model Lisa Gherardini Del
Giocondo, known as Mona Lisa, said Tuesday that one of the most
important burdens of proof lies with the insects found in the
tomb.
"The dirt that has deposited inside the skull could contain
a particular insect that colonizes tombs and helps indicate the
age of remains," researcher Stefano Vanin said.
Known as the sarcophagus flies, the insect's life cycle
helps forensic entomologists determine when an individual died,
Vanin said.
Researchers have been digging in the basement of a
former Ursuline convent in central Florence for months where
they believe Mona Lisa was buried.
La Gioconda - as the Italians call the Mona Lisa because of
the surname of her husband, del Giocondo - is believed to have
joined the Ursuline nuns in old age.

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