How technology has advanced craniofacial indentification

Those 3-dimensional models created to identify a murder victim, or to help track down a criminal have come a long way. UK Professor Caroline Wilkinson is a Facial Anthropologist who has won numerous awards for recreating faces from human remains for archaeological and police investigations.

She is in SA for a craniofacial Identification Symposium hosted by the School of Anatomical Sciences at the Faculty of Health Sciences. She will focus on recent advances in craniofacial superimposition and current practices in forensic facial reconstruction.

John Robbie spoke to Professor Wilkinson about her award-winning work in cranial-facial identification and the advances in this field.

Most of the work is done in 3D in a computer system

Professor Caroline Wilkinson, Facial Anthropologist and the Director of the School of Art & Design, Liverpool John Moores University

It is both art and science. We need art skills to produce faces that look realistic and we need to follow scientific standards to get it as accurate as possible.

Professor Caroline Wilkinson, Facial Anthropologist and the Director of the School of Art & Design, Liverpool John Moores University

It is always very gratifying to help and lead to a victim’s killer and conviction.

Professor Caroline Wilkinson, Facial Anthropologist and the Director of the School of Art & Design, Liverpool John Moores University

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