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article imageReport: Adolf Hitler's skull fragment belonged to woman

By Kevin Jess     Sep 30, 2009 in Science
A skull fragment found outside Hitler's Berlin bunker by Soviet forces originally thought to have been Adolf Hitler's has been 'found to be female'.
Conspiracy theorists are abuzz now that the "Hitler skull" has been found to be that of a woman, reports the Telegraph.
The skull had been used as evidence that Adolf Hitler had shot himself on April 30, 1945 before being cremated with his wife, Eva Braun.
Conspiracy theories have run rampant over the years with some claiming Hitler was living on the moon and others claiming that he was still alive today. Hitler would have been 121 years of age as of April, 2009.
Nick Bellantoni, an archaeologist and bone specialist, has conducted DNA tests that show the skull belonged to a 40-year-old woman, reports China Daily.
Bellantoni's work partner Linda Strausbaugh said in an interview with AFP, "The amounts we had were well within the range that you would expect to get DNA samples from. What the DNA told us is that it was female."
In an interview with Sky News, journalist Gerrard Williams said, "There is no forensic evidence whatsoever that Hitler died in the bunker."
There is still a witness, however, to the drama that unfolded in the bunker on that fateful day.
In a report by Kay Mathews of Digital Journal, the sole survivor of the suicide bunker, Rochus Misch, 92, gave a first hand account of the events as they unfolded around him.
Professor Christopher Browning of the University of North Carolina said that the historical integrity of Hitler's death did not depend on the existence of the skull.
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