Naia

As I stated in an earlier blog, I was invited to work in partnership with Dr. James Chatters to create a forensic facial reconstruction of “Naia,” a 15 year old girl, who died 12,800 years ago and whose skeletal remains were discovered in the Yucatan, Mexico in 2007. As Jim and I worked on the reconstruction, we were photographed by the National Geographic Society and filmed for an upcoming documentary by NOVA. Jim and I worked together on the reconstruction of Kennewick Man in 1997, and on a couple of other facial reconstructions, including Spirit Cave Man. The process of facial reconstruction is a complicated and tightly controlled effort, involving a system of interpreting the facial tissue layers with clay over a 3D digital reproduction of the persons skull. The National Geographic Society just published their article, “First Americans,” in the January, 2015 issue. More on this later. Stay tuned.

3D print of Naia's skull by Jim Chatters & Tom McClelland
3D print of Naia’s skull by Jim Chatters & Tom McClelland
Naia reconstruction almost completed by Jim Chatters & Tom McClelland
Naia reconstruction almost completed by Jim Chatters & Tom McClelland