Facial Reconstruction

In the series Bones, the main source of facial reconstruction is the Angelator and later the Angelatron. It's technology does everything from remaking a face to recreating crime scenarios. This type of technology is called volumetric imaging, which is specifically used to project 3D imaging. This technology does exist, but it is still in development. The technology is only accessible in institutes, corporations, and the military. With that said, the show demonstrates a fairly accurate depiction of the proper use of the technology.

As seen in most documentaries, many anthropologists do not have access to the type of equipment used in Bones. Many anthropologists will hire a group of specialists to reconstruct a face. There are also many types of software used. One of the most popular programs of digital software is InVesalius, which uses specific formulas to reconstruct a face. There are many more programs used to create people and scenarios. Cleopatra: Portrait of a Killer and Origins of Us are examples of documentaries that use multiple programs to serve one purpose.


To some people, facial reconstruction is the only surviving link to a missing loved one. If remains are found decades later, facial reconstruction can give closure to families who never knew what happened to their loved ones. Also scholars doing research on specific people dream of seeing the face they idolize. Scientists to use facial reconstruction to can recreate a historical figure based on a partial skull and portraits of the person. Example of this would be Robert Burns and Queen Nefertiti.
It is part of our human nature to hold on to important people after they have died. That is why we treasure pictures or jewelry. Facial reconstruction is another way to hold on to those important people. I believe both Bones and documentaries are useful. Documentaries give very technical, scientific information. It also gives certain software details so the viewers can follow the process. However, a show like Bones, which primarily uses facial reconstruction, reach a much wider audience making more people aware of facial reconstruction technology.

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