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Thursday, 28 April 2011

Doctor Who Science Fact — Uncovering the Face Behind the Mona Lisa's Smile

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The Mona Lisa has captivated admirers for centuries, but it's the mystery behind her perfect smile that motivates scientists in Florence. In City of Death Count Scarlioni—also known as Scaroth, last of the Jagaroth, and Spaghetti Face—travelled back in time to retrieve a series of original Mona Lisa portraits from Leonardo da Vinci. But today's Science Fact concerns a rather different method of time travel: digging in the dirt. Hey, if it's good enough for River Song . . .

Archaeologists believe they can identify the remains of Lisa Gherardini, also known as, you guessed it, Mona Lisa.
A team of researchers in Italy are on the hunt to find the real Mona Lisa. That lawn mower looking machine they're holding is actually a geo-radar device that will scan the ground to locate the skull of the mysterious woman with an even more mysterious smile. . . .
Bring her to life? Again?
Researchers hope to find whatever remains are left of her body—skull fragments, DNA, whatever—in hopes to re-create her face through facial reconstruction technology. If the bones can't be used, the researchers hope to carbon date them and take DNA samples to test with Gherardini's children, who are buried at a nearby church. . . .
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