How Science Is Paving the Way for Stone-Age Facial Reconstructions


| LAST UPDATE 11/27/2022

By Daria Appleby
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It is more or less a myth when it comes to predictions. Regarding scientific evidence, there is, of course, a hint of truth behind the research. However, these are never 100% accurate. Typically, the answers found from research are used as a guideline for future reference. With access to cutting-edge technology these days, scientists have particularly been engaged with facial reconstructions. Take a look at what they found.

It is no secret history is important. It acts as a trail to our ancestors and historical events, which leads to us understanding more of the world we live in today. Taking this into consideration, people of the past generations left behind hundreds of clues as if they were meant to be found. This can range from artifacts, bones, personal items, and so much more. However, scientists have recently dug deep into the stone age, and using advanced technology, predictions of facial reconstructions have been produced, bringing history back to life. One skull, in particular, was initially believed to be of a male until it was discovered to be the skull of a 17-year-old female from 31,000 years ago. The skull was found in a cave in the Czech Republic, and now, according to LiveScience, researchers have identified this to be "one of the oldest Homo sapiens found in Europe."

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Taking it back to 2300-1600 B.C., the bones of a woman from the bronze age were dug up from a graveyard near the village of Mikulovice in Bohemia, Czech Republic. This was a woman who was part of the Únětice culture, an archeological culture. Considering this culture is primarily known for its metal artifacts, her overload of gold jewelry - five bronze bracelets, two gold earrings, and a three-strand necklace of more than 400 amber beads - completes the puzzle for scientists. This European woman's face from nearly 4,000 years ago was reconstructed using a scull and "remnants of DNA." The facial structure was computerized, producing an image of what she would look like today. However, the most human-like construction was produced with the DNA from the Medieval Scottish age. Using three skeletons found in a medieval crypt in Scotland, forensic craniofacial anthropologist, Chris Rynn, created "the most symmetrical skull" ever worked on. The resemblance to the modern-day woman is frightening yet incredible. Similar results were produced when the remains of two men from the same era, a priest and a bishop, had life-like facial reconstructions made thanks to 3D technology. The mundane man was made. 

These findings provide substantial evidence as to why people look different today. Individual ancestors had genes that were strong enough to last over 4,000 years, creating another generation of look-alikes. Still, these were just a glimpse of the findings. Take a look at the complete list of 30 facial reconstructions from LiveScience

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