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Richard III facial reconstruction

Facial reconstruction of Richard III © University of Leicester

A facial reconstruction, commissioned by the Richard III society and based on a CT scan made by the University of Leicester, was revealed on Tuesday at the Society of Antiquaries in London.

The facial features of the bust, commissioned before the identity of the remains was known, were determined by adding layers of muscle and skin to a digital scan of the skull, taken by the University of Leicester. The face bears a clear resemblance to portraits of the King painted after his death, such as a large nose and chin and prominent cheekbones.

An interactive photo feature by the BBC shows how the remains exhumed from Grey Friars helped to reveal the identity, appearance of the last Plantagenet monarch.

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