Forensic facial reconstruction recreates an approximation of the face of an individual (whose identity is not known) from their skeletal remains.
Forensic facial reconstruction recreates an approximation of the face of an individual (whose identity is not known) from their skeletal remains. The process requires expertise in anatomy, anthropology and osteology.Experts will take a cast of the skull and informed by the biological identification (sex, age, ancestral origin etc) will use this to determine what would be the most appropriate measurements to use to construct a ‘tissue depth’ over the bones. Small markers of appropriate size are then attached to specific landmarks on the skull and the underlying muscle framework is reconstructed. A layer of skin is then laid over the markers and the muscle construct, to create a face. Ears, nose, eyes and lips are approximated.Sometimes reconstructions are undertaken in clay and sometimes the whole process is computerised. This face can then be released to the public to establish whether anybody recognises him and may come forward with a possible name for further investigation.