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Saturday, January 28, 2023

Predictive Reverse Aging for Archaeology

New three dimensional models predicts past faces from Skeletal Structure.

Faces from Ancient Egypt Coming Back to Life in Extraordinary Detail

By Newsweek, January 23, 2023

Said the Face Lab's Caroline Wilkinson, "We are pretty confident in our ability to predict face shape from skeletal structure."

Researchers at the U.K.'s Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and Egypt's Cairo University (CU) used software and a "reverse aging" process to replicate ancient Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II's face.

CU's Sahar Saleem used a computed tomography (CT) scanner to produce a three-dimensional model of Ramesses' head and skull, which formed the basis of the facial reconstruction.

LJMU's Caroline Wilkinson said, "We have tested our methods using CT [scans] from living donors and we have evaluated the facial reconstruction using geometric comparison that shows approximately 70% [of the] surface of the facial reconstruction with less than 2 millimeters of error."

Wilkinson said ancient Egyptian mummies also preserve features like ear shape, creases, or hair pattern, which "should increase the level of accuracy [of the reconstruction]."

From Newsweek   

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