They rebuild the face of a Japanese woman from 3,800 years ago

They rebuild the face of a Japanese woman from 3,800 years ago



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A team of researchers has reconstructed for the first time the face of a japanese woman of the period of the Jomon pottery culture (around 8000 BC - 300 BC).

For this they used the DNA analysis, which eliminated much of the guesswork generally involved in reconstructions.

The project team, which also included scientists from the National Museum of Nature and Science in the Ueno district in Tokyo, revealed the result on March 12.

DNA was collected from a Jomon woman's molar about 3800 years ago. His skeletal remains, including the skull, were unearthed at the Funadomari site in Hokkaido.

The genetic analysis provided the researchers with information about their facial features, including skin color and eye color.

The team concluded that the woman had darker skin and lighter brown eyes than today's Japaneseas well as freckles and fine, frizzy hair.

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At the same time, they confirmed that their blood was type A and that measured 1.40 meters.

New reconstruction techniques

The facial reconstructions Conventionals have so far been based mainly on the physical characteristics of the skull. Researchers have had to assume skin and eye colors, based on the attributes of modern people.

Now, genetic information allows a much more accurate reconstruction.

«Backed by robust data, we can currently reconstruct facial features quite accurately“Explained Kenichi Shinoda, director of the Department of Anthropology at the National Museum.

The reconstructed model and the project outline will be included in a feature film exhibition at the museum called "The Body: Defying the Mystery", between March 13 and June 17.

Via Asahi Shimbun

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