Forensic Reconstruction

There are two different approaches to facial reconstruction. The anatomical method makes use of information left on the skull by the origins and insertions of the facial muscles to reconstruct the volumes of the face muscle-by-muscle. It is a long process and requires the expertise of a specialist with knowledge of comparative anatomy and biomechanics. This method of facial reconstruction is most often used in an archaeological context and can produce extremely good results. The above examples utilize a combination of techniques from the anatomical and tissue depth methods.

Facial reconstruction using the tissue depth method is obtained by projecting the soft-tissues of a face based on the skull architecture and skin-depth charts to obtain an approximation of what the person might have looked like. This process is faster than the anatomical method and is mostly used by law enforcement agencies to try to trigger recognition and lead to the identification of a previously unidentified body.

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