jueves, 21 de abril de 2016

Otzi the 'iceman' comes back to life at North Carolina museum

The scanned images were first transformed into a virtual 3D model that was printed and post-processed with Staab's unique prodigious artistry.

Thousands of years after his death, Otzi 'the iceman' has been resurrected as a life-sized model.

Scientists today presented a 3D printed copy of the mummified 5,000-year-old body found in the Alps 25 years ago.

Pre-existing CT scans were used to make the resin replica which was then sculpted and hand-painted by US artist Gary Staab over many months.

'The reconstruction of the hands was a challenge, since they could not be captured on CT scans,' the South Tyrol Museum of Archeology, where Otzi is housed in Bolzano, northern Italy said.

Three replicas were made, one of which will be part of a travelling exhibition that will tour North America, starting in the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science in Raleigh in October 2017.

The second and the third replicas will be used for teaching purposes at the Cold Spring Harbor DNA Learning Center in New York (DNALC).

In what became an archaeological sensation, Otzi's mummified remains were found high in the Otztal Alps of southern Austria by hikers in September 1991 after being preserved in the ice since the Stone Age. [...] Daily Mail Online

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