Conspiracy theorists, take note: A new study of teeth and bone stored in Moscow concludes that Hitler really did die in 1945, AFP reports. "The teeth are authentic, there is no possible doubt," says study co-author Philippe Charlier. "Our study proves that Hitler died in 1945. We can stop all the conspiracy theories about Hitler. He did not flee to Argentina in a submarine, he is not in a hidden base in Antarctica or on the dark side of the moon." After much negotiation, History.com notes, the French researchers were granted access by Russia's secret service to analyze the teeth and skull fragment said to be Hitler's. The teeth had been shown in a Moscow exhibition in 2000 marking the 55th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Telegraph recalls.
What the study found: The poorly maintained teeth had no remnants of meat fiber (matching Hitler's vegetarian diet) and the skull bit's morphology was "totally comparable" to radiographs of the Fuhrer's skull from 1944. A hole on the skull fragment's left side was likely from a bullet, and bluish deposits on Hitler's false teeth resembled a chemical reaction between cyanide and the metal in Hitler's dentures. "We didn't know if he had used an ampule of cyanide to kill himself or whether it was a bullet in the head," says Charlier. "It's in all probability both." The teeth received attention last month when a Russian interpreter's memoirs, published in English for the first time, recalled how she was handed the teeth in Berlin 1945 and tasked with discovering if they were really Hitler's, the Sun reports. (Read more Hitler stories.)