Forensic scientists have recovered the faces of three Egyptian mummies

The faces of three men who lived in Ancient Egypt more than 2,000 years ago have been brought back to life with the help of science and technology.

Digital reconstructions depict males as young as 25. In the work, forensic scientists used DNA data extracted from the mummified remains of K2911, JK2134 and JK2888.

The mummies themselves were found in Abusir el-Melek.It is now a village, and used to be an ancient Egyptian city south of Cairo. All three men were buried between 1380 BC. NS. and 425 AD. NS. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Tübingen, Germany, sequenced the mummies' DNA in 2017. This was the first successful reconstruction of the genome of an ancient Egyptian mummy.

Forensic reconstruction of JK2911, JK2134 and JK2888 mummies. (Image courtesy of Parabon NanoLabs)

Now researchers from Parabon NanoLabs,an American technology company used this genetic data to create 3D models of the mummies' faces. They used a process known as forensic DNA phenotyping, in which genetic analysis is used to predict the shape of facial features and other aspects of a person's appearance.

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