Scientists reconstruct face of 9,000-year-old teenager
Scientists have reconstructed the face of a 9,000-year-old teenager from remains found at Theopetra cave in central Greece.
Her name is "Avgi," or "Dawn" in English, since she lived at the dawn of civilization.
A team of specialists led by Orthodontics Professor, Manolis Papagrigorakis, brought Dawn back to life using a CT scan and 3D printer.
To show what people looked like in the Mesolithic period around 7,000 B.C., analysis of her bones and teeth helped identify the age she died.
Athens University Assistant Professor of Orthodontics, Manolis Papagrigorakis, said, “Her biological age, if determined by the maturity of her long bones, is around 15 years old. Although, through the panoramic x-ray of her teeth, we determine (her age to be) 18 years, give or take a year.”
Researchers say Dawn may have been anemic and had hip and joint problems, which may have made it difficult to move & contributed to her premature death.
"She, probably died of her problem. She had a problem with her acetabulum and that is why she was found in the cave. She could not move freely. It is a problem that one has when they have this syndrome of the hip," said Papagrigorakis.