(ORDO NEWS) — In the spring of 2017, scientists discovered the “Penang” woman in Guar Kepah, located in the northwestern part of Malaysia. She lived in the Stone Age and died when she was about 40 years old.
Some time ago, scientists conducted a study during which they managed to completely reconstruct the face of a woman who died many centuries ago.
The study was led by Cicero Moraes, a graphics expert in Brazil, along with colleagues from Universiti Sains Malaysia. The best modern technologies were used for the reconstruction.
At first, specialists in the field of forensics worked. They carefully studied the skull in order to establish whether it was a woman or a man. After that, they tried to establish the age and origin of the deceased.
In addition, an analysis of computer tomography of Malaysians living now was carried out. This was necessary in order to get an idea of the size of the lips, nose, location of the eyeballs and other important information.
“The process is quite complicated, but the digital approach makes everything much easier.
Previously, the classic version of the study was used, which was based on manual sculpture.
It took a lot of effort and time to restore the face on the skull,” the scientists say.
Due to the fact that the body was under a layer of shells, the skeleton was preserved in excellent condition. It was extremely rare to find such well-preserved ancient remains during open-air archaeological excavations.
At the same time, it is worth considering that Malaysia has a tropical climate. As a result of the layer of shells formed on top of the skull, a kind of “conservation” of the remains takes place.
Experts said that the woman died at the age of about 40 years. In this case, the degree of tooth wear was taken into account.
In addition, closure of cranial sutures was additionally investigated. The woman died almost 5700 years ago. However, experts have not yet been able to establish the cause of death.
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