What did man look like 30.000 years ago?
In accordance with Live Science, το 1980, οι αρχαιολόγοι ανακάλυψαν τα λείψανα ενός άνδρα στο Nazlet Khater 2, έναν αρχαιολογικό χώρο στην κοιλάδα του Νείλου.
Η ανθρωπολογική ανάλυση έδειξε ότι ο άνδρας ήταν μεταξύ 17 έως 29 ετών όταν πέθανε και είχε ύψος 1,60 μέτρα και αφρικανική κατtreatment. Λίγα ήταν γνωστά γι' αυτόν, πλην του ότι θάφτηκε δίπλα σε ένα πέτρινο τσεκούρι.
The skeleton is the oldest Homo Sapiens specimen found in Egypt, according to a study published on March 22.
The depiction of the face
The team of Brazilian researchers digitally created a realistic representation of the man's face, using dozens of images from where the skeleton was found.
An archaeologist explained that most of the skeleton's bones were preserved. However, some parts were missing, such as the ribs, arms, part of the right and left shins, and the feet. But as he clarified, the main structure for approaching the face, namely the man's skull, was well preserved. The researchers found that part of the skull was missing, so they used data points from computed tomography (CT) scans and mirrored the opposite side of the skull.
Another researcher stated that the skull has a modern structure. However, one part of him has archaic features, such as the jaw, which is more robust than that of modern men. Cícero Moraes admitted that he was impressed by the structure of the skull and was curious about what they would look like.
Two XNUMXD images
By digitally linking the images, the researchers created two XNUMXD renderings of the man. The first was a black and white image with the eyes closed in a neutral state. The second was a more artistic approach, where the young man had tousled dark hair and a trimmed beard.
The facial approach, the scientists explain, does not work like in Hollywood movies, where the end result is 100% compatible with reality. Scientists approach the person with the available statistical data. The resulting work is a very simple structure. “However, it is always important to humanize the person's face when working with historical characters, as by complementing the structure with hair and color, the identification with the audience will be greater, sparking interest and – who knows – a desire to study more he added.
With their images, the researchers hope that this approach could help archaeologists better understand how humans have evolved over time. "The fact that this individual is over 30.000 years old makes it important for understanding human evolution," they explain.