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Scientists Baffled by Embracing Siberian Skeletons


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Researchers have unearthed over 600 ancient grave sights in the Novosibirsk region of Siberia over the years, dozens of which have revealed 15th, 16th and 17th century skeletons locked together in an either creepy or romantic embrace, depending on the way you look at it.

Scientists have been puzzled for years about the strange discoveries, and possible explanations range from lovers or families being buried together, after death, to more horrifying theories that suggest living burials and gruesome murders.

As reported by The Huffington Post, scientists are soon going to be able to close the door on this mystery, thanks to advances in technology.  New rounds of DNA testing aim to determine the relationship between the bodies that were found buried together, which Russian archaeology and ethnography expert Vyacheslav Molodin believes will shed some light on the strange custom.

"We need to firstly establish unequivocally the kinship of those who were buried," Molodin says. "Until recently archaeologists had no such opportunity, they could establish only the gender and age. But now as we have at our disposal the tools of paleogenetics, we could speak about establishing the kinship."

Are these the remains of lovers, who didn't part even after death, or is there a less romantic explanation?  Let us know what you think by commenting below!