Advanced CT scans and wax modeling have revealed the face of King Richard III Showing a hint of a smile, a prominent chin, and slightly arched nose, the facial reconstruction is based on a skull found along with other bones just 2 feet beneath a car park in Leicester, UK, last September.
The reconstruction follows confirmation that the skeleton was that of the king killed in battle more than 500 years ago.
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According to Richard Buckley, the lead archaeologist on the project at the University of Leicester, DNA tests had proved "beyond reasonable doubt" that the bones were those of the last Plantagenet king.
The model was created by digitizing a three-dimensional image of the complete skull and using the bone structure to estimate the thickness of the various layers of muscle and skin.
"When the 3D digital bust was complete it was replicated in plastic using a rapid prototyping system," Caroline Wilkinson, professor of craniofacial identification at Dundee University, UK, said.