Dr. Kolesnikov is a Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Medical Science; Professor and Head of the Department of Anatomy, Moscow State Medical Stomatological University; Meritorious Science Worker, Higher Institutes of Learning, Federation of Russia; and President of the All-Russian Scientific Society of Anatomists, Histologists, and Embryologists.
Anatomical appraisal of the skulls and teeth associated with the family of Tsar Nicolay Romanov †
Article first published online: 2 MAR 2001
Copyright © 2001 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
The Anatomical Record
Volume 265, Issue 1, pages 15–32, 15 February 2001
How to Cite
Kolesnikov, L. L., Pashinyan, G. A. and Abramov, S. S. (2001), Anatomical appraisal of the skulls and teeth associated with the family of Tsar Nicolay Romanov . Anat. Rec., 265: 15–32. doi: 10.1002/ar.1037
Editor's note: Presentation of this article in The Anatomical Record/The New Anatomist was made possible by the diligent efforts of Prof. Spencer J. Turkel, a researcher at the New York Institute of Technology Department of Life Sciences. His expert consultation during the review and editing phases of publication was instrumental in bringing details of this masterful account of forensic analysis to an English-speaking audience for the first time. The editors and the authors would like to express their sincere appreciation of Professor Turkel for his outstanding efforts on this important project. Professor Turkel received assistance from Dr. John Hyson, Curator of the National Dentistry Museum at the University of Maryland.
- Issue published online: 26 DEC 2002
- Article first published online: 2 MAR 2001
- craniofacial identification;
- odontological identification;
- Romanov, Tsar Nicolay;
- Romanova, Anastasia;
This article describes the identification of skeletal remains attributed to the family of Tsar Nicolay Romanov and other persons buried together at a site near present-day Ekaterinburg, Russia. Detailed descriptions are given regarding the objective methods of craniofacial and odontological identification that were used. Employing computer-assisted photographic superimposition techniques and statistical analysis of morphologic and other characteristics of the specimens, this study identifies with a high likelihood of certainty the remains of the Tsar, his wife, three of his four daughters, and four household assistants. Very strong evidence is presented that the Tsar's daughter Anastasia was killed in 1918. This study demonstrates the effectiveness of the methods and trustworthiness of the results, as well as the prospects of future application of the methods for the identification of skeletonized human remains. Anat Rec (New Anat) 265:15–32, 2001. © 2001 Wiley-Liss, Inc.