Swiss Mummy Identified as Ancestor of Boris Johnson

The body of an apparently wealthy woman was found decades ago during renovations on the Barfuesser Church in Basel. Her identity was a mystery.

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LONDON (AP) — Scientists have identified a mummified body found in a Swiss churchyard as the great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother of British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. The body of an apparently wealthy woman was found decades ago during renovations on the Barfuesser Church in Basel. There was no gravestone, and her identity was a mystery. Basel’s Natural History Museum said Thursday that by matching DNA extracted from the mummy’s toe with a living descendant, its experts led an…

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