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Scientists unearth long-lost remains of Cervantes

Statue of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, Madrid.
Statue of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, Madrid. Image by M.Peinado / CC BY 2.0

Scientists may have finally unearthed the remains of Miguel de Cervantes, creator of Spain’s most famous fictional character, Don Quixote, and father of the modern novel. The 400-year-old bones have been recovered from a crypt in the Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians, which scientists have been excavating for the past year. Cervantes was born near Madrid in 1547 and died in 1616 – the same week as William Shakespeare was buried. Though he lived and died in poverty and obscurity, Cervantes’ Don Quixote novel has sold more than 500 million copies worldwide, making it the second best-selling book of all time after the Bible. Read more: thelocal.es