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Carbon dating shows the world's most mysterious document may be older than previously thought.

The Voynich Manuscript first came to (modern) light in 1912. It is named after Wilfrid Voynich, a rare book dealer who plucked the forgotten tome from a dusty shelf in a Jesuit college near Rome, and made it famous. Illustrations of planets, plants, and 'bathing' women decorate its pages. It is also covered with dense…