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Philippe Charlier, The Forensic Scientist Who Thinks A Medieval Cadaver Smells Good

Richard the Lionheart's Heart

The 13th-century cadaver, says Philippe Charlier, actually smells good. That’s because its veins have been filled with a mixture of mercury and beeswax, preserving the body. “Also it was smoked, like salmon or like pork,” he says. So even after 800 years, it’s in pretty good shape. Charlier is a physician and forensic scientist at…