Saturday, November 22, 2008

Facial reconstruction

Facial reconstruction--or as some prefer, facial reproduction--is benefitting from modern technology. As important as it can be forensically (for instance, helping identify a mutilated or skeletonized victim), it is fascinating to see historic and prehistoric faces brought to life from their skulls or mummies:

A bog body known as the Yde Girl has been reconstructed to show what she may have looked like when she was alive.

A skull with battle wounds was reconstructed and believed to be Philip II of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great, but has since proven to be that of Philip's brother.

A reproduction of King Tuthankhamun's face, made when his mummy underwent a CT-scan in 2005, can be compared with his face, which has been put on display for the first time.

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