Skeletal Remains Identification by Facial Reconstruction


    I round this article to be extremely informative about positive Identification using facial reconstruction.  The blend of science and art amalgamate as one.  This article discussed three cases of positive identification through facial reconstruction in the Cape Province of South Africa.  The case involved the skeletal remains of six unnatural deaths.  This method is frequently used as a last resort to identify the skeletal remains of an unidentified person.  Facial reconstruction is not used as the  primary means of positive identification.  It is often used as a last resort when other identification methods have failed.
     Facial reconstruction is a complex process combining knowledge of human anatomy with artistic ability.  It is used in Forensic Anthropology to help identify skeletal remains.  The reconstruction is based upon the average soft tissue thickness of skull and jaws.  There are critical differences in the thickness of soft tissues of males and females of different races.  The sculpture method of facial reconstruction produces great results.  Some people state that these methods are useful, but insufficiently reliable to serve as evidence of positive identification in a court of law.

Forensic Science Communications, Jan. 2001, Volume 3 Number 1

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