Who provided the DNA sample with which to compare to the remains found of the Romanov family?
DNA testing of the remains was commissioned by Russian authorities, to be conducted by Russian geneticist Dr Pavel Ivanov and one of the world’s preeminent forensic scientists, Dr Peter Gill, at the Forensic Science Service (FSS) in the United Kingdom .
What ethnicity were the Romanovs?
The Romanovs were originally one of two dozen Russian noble families before rising to become tsars. The family originated in Germany. All of the Romanov leaders took German consorts as their wife, including Czar Nicholas II, whose wife Alexandra was German.
Who did the Romanov children get their mitochondrial DNA?
the Tsarina Alexandra
From whom did the Romanov children receive their mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)? They received their mitochondrial (mt) DNA from their mother, the Tsarina Alexandra.
Did the other male skeletal remains belong to members of the royal family?
Because the mtDNA of Prince Philip matched that of the princesses and the Tsarina we know the skeletal remains of #3, 5, 6, and 7 belong to the Tsarina’s family.
How were Romanovs identified?
The scientists used mitochondria DNA fingerprinting to identify the bones, which had been excavated from a mass grave near Yekaterinburg in 1991.
Which two Romanovs were found in separate graves?
Combined with additional DNA testing of material from the 1991 grave, we have virtually irrefutable evidence that the two individuals recovered from the 2007 grave are the two missing children of the Romanov family: the Tsarevich Alexei and one of his sisters.
Are there any descendants of the Romanovs?
Czar Nicholas II’s immediate family was executed in 1918. But there are still living descendants with royal claims to the Romanov name.
Why were Maria and Alexei buried separately?
Yurovsky separated the Tsarevich Alexei and one of his sisters to be buried about 15 metres (50 ft) away, in an attempt to confuse anyone who might discover the mass grave with only nine bodies.
Has Anastasia Romanov been found?
The remains of Nicholas, Alexandra and three of their daughters— Anastasia, Olga and Tatiana—were found in 1979, though the bodies were only exhumed in 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union, according to the AFP.