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Salvador Dali's mustache found intact in the grave

Salvador Dali’s Mustache Found Intact in Grave

When his remains were exhumed Thursday night, his mustache was found miraculously unchanged.

When Salvador Dali’s tomb was opened Thursday night to settle a paternity suit by Spanish Tarot card reader Pilar Abel Martinez, the New York Times reports that his “trademark mustache was found intact.” Lluís Peñuelas, the secretary general of the foundation that oversees Dalí’s estate, told reporters, “The mustache kept its classic 10-past-10 position.”

Narcís Bardalet, the man who embalmed Dali in 1989, called it a miracle, saying, “Salvador Dali is forever.”

It seems only fitting that when the remains of a man known for his surrealist work are exhumed, the biggest concern is the state of peculiar facial hair.

Long live Dali’s mustache.

Hair, teeth, and fingernail samples were removed, as well as two long bones which will be returned to the crypt after the DNA analysis is complete.

Judge Orders Body of Salvador Dali to be Exhumed

A woman claiming to be Salvador Dali’s daughter from a 1955 affair has been trying to get a paternity test since 2007.
Salvador Dali to be exhumed for paternity test

A judge in Madrid has the ordered the exhumation of Salvador Dali in order to obtain biological samples for a paternity suit, the BBC reports. Maria Pilar Abel Martinez, born in 1956, claims her mother had a secret affair with the famed surrealist painter in 1955 when she was working as a maid for a family who spent part of the year in Cadaqués where Dali lived.

Dali was married to Gala at the time, and the couple had no children.

Martinez has been trying to get a paternity test since 2007. The court ordered the exhumation due to “lack of other biological or personal remains with which to compare” DNA samples. The Dali Foundation doesn’t agree with the decision, stating they are “preparing an appeal to oppose this exhumation that will be lodged in the coming days.”

If DNA analysis proves that Martinez is in fact the daughter of Salvador Dali, she will be entitled to a portion of the artist’s estate, which he left to the Spanish state upon his death in 1989.

Update: Salvador Dali’s mustache found intact

Fractured Skull Shows Evidence of Earliest Known Murder

430,000-year-old blunt force trauma visible in this Middle Pleistocene skull may be the earliest-known evidence of murder.
Fractured skull from the Pleistocene may be the earliest known homicide
Photo credit: Javier Trueba/Madrid Scientific Films

A cavern in Northern Spain called Sima de los Huesos, or “Pit of Bones,” has yielded thousands of bones fragments from at least 28 individuals since its discovery in the 1970s. Cranium 17, however, shows evidence of the earliest-known homicide.

After assembling the 52 fragments of the skull, researchers discovered two traumatic injuries, at least one of which is believed to have been fatal.

The report states:

Evidence of interpersonal violence has been documented previously in Pleistocene members of the genus Homo, but only very rarely has this been posited as the possible manner of death. Here we report the earliest evidence of lethal interpersonal violence in the hominin fossil record. Cranium 17 recovered from the Sima de los Huesos Middle Pleistocene site shows two clear perimortem depression fractures on the frontal bone, interpreted as being produced by two episodes of localized blunt force trauma. The type of injuries, their location, the strong similarity of the fractures in shape and size, and the different orientations and implied trajectories of the two fractures suggest they were produced with the same object in face-to-face interpersonal conflict. Given that either of the two traumatic events was likely lethal, the presence of multiple blows implies an intention to kill. This finding shows that the lethal interpersonal violence is an ancient human behavior and has important implications for the accumulation of bodies at the site, supporting an anthropic origin.

via PLOS One