"We believe it is possible that neutron emissions by earthquakes could have induced the image formation on the Shroud's linen fibres, through thermal neutron capture on nitrogen nuclei, and could also have caused a wrong radiocarbon dating," said Professor Alberto Carpinteri, from the Politecnico di Torino.

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In the late '90s, together with the evidence of the gene coding β-globin, contamination between male and female DNA was documented on the Turin Shroud.

Although the presence of male was more noticeable than female DNA, these data were considered null and void.

Such stains were shown to belong to an MNS positive individual of the AB group, and the halos surrounding the blood stains were compatible with serum containing trace amounts of bilirubin, albumin and immunoglobulins.

However, being only based on indirect and circumstantial evidence, most of these data were challenged.

Some have proposed that it came from the body itself, or was generated by an event inside the tomb, pointing to a divine origin linked to the resurrection.

The new theory is published in the journal Meccanica.

However, no plausible explanation has been offered for the source of the radiation.

Now Carpinteri’s team have hypothesized that high-frequency pressure waves generated in the Earth’s crust during earthquakes are the source of such neutron emissions.

Innovative concepts are likely to come up using modern research approaches to evaluate the issue of blood stains of the Turin Shroud.

Nor can we rule out the possibility that religious implications of the new findings on the Turin Shroud might be envisaged.

On the other hand, no plausible physical reason has been proposed so far to explain the radiation source origin, and its effects on the linen fibres.