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Discovery of 16th century coronavirus in France

  • The researchers used dental pulp from the teeth and mandibles of 10 out of 12 skeletons found at the excavation site in the village of Baume-Les-Messieurs in France.
  • The skeletons were identified to be of men between the ages of 30 and 60.
  • The collection, storage, and handling of the dental pulp samples were carried out in a facility that had not previously worked with SARS-CoV samples, ensuring that the findings were not a result of cross-contamination.