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Is Alexander the Great's Father Missing, Too?

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Science  21 Apr 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5465, pp. 411
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5465.411a

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On page 511, a paper by a Greek paleoanthropologist argues that close-up photographic analysis of the remains of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, actually belonged to his son (and Alexander's half-brother) Philip III Arrhidaeus. The new report also offers the tantalizing possibility that some of the tomb's artifacts, including a helmet and a ceremonial shield, may have actually belonged to the great conqueror himself.