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Scientists Recreate Face Of 9,000-Year-Old Greek Teenage Girl

A compelling recreation has been made after scientists came across remains in a cave in Greece. With the help of CT scans and 3D-printing, an international team of scientists have constructed a silicone recreation of what is believed to be a Greek teenage girl from the Mesolithic period.  

Meet Avgi, which is Greek for Dawn, who was named that due to living in 7,000 BC, which is considered to be the dawn of civilization. Researchers reveal that her bones indicated that she was just 15 at her time of death, however, her teeth suggest she may have been 18. Studies from the University of Athens suggest the girl had a protruding jaw, likely caused by chewing on animal skin to make soft leather, which was a common practice during that period. She is also believed to have suffered from anemia, lack of vitamins, and possibly scurvy.

Found in Theopetra Cave, in the central Greek region of Thessaly, Dawn joins a series of Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic discoveries that have also been made there. According to the Culture Ministry, this region was first inhabited 100,000 years ago. Funny enough, the recreated Greek girl displays a displeased expression, with orthodontics professor Manolis Papagrikorakis telling Reuters that “It’s not possible for her not to be angry during such an era.”

The silicone reconstruction of her face was created from a terracotta mold of her head, involving the work of an international team, and a Swedish laboratory specializing in human reconstructions, according to BBC.

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