3-D Reconstruction of Face of Ancient Egyptian Toddler

A "mummy portrait" affixed to a 3- to 4-year-old Egyptian boy's mummy (left) and a 3-D facial reconstruction based on the child's bone structure (right) (Nerlich AG, et al. PLOS One 2020)

Artist’s Reconstruction Used Egyptian Boy’s Bone Structure Plus Average Development of Soft Tissue

Health Editor’s Note: And a fact check is the digital picture looks very much like the portrait on the front of the boy’s mummy. Awesome!…Carol


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  1. Agreed. There are so many variables. It is impossible to recreate a 3d facial or even body image just from bones. I think someone is trying to justify their science grants.

  2. The 3d reconstruction is not even close to the picture. The nose in the picture is long and slender, the 3d image isnt. The 3d image chin looks like two chins the picture has a circular arc chin. The 3d picture face looks puffier the picture face looks slender. Picture mouth is small. The 3d mouth is slightly wider.

  3. Elvin, How do you account for the clear fact that the 3-D interpretation was so similar to the actual painting on the mummy? the painting would have been done shortly before or shortly after death.

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