Scientists reconstruct the face "Vampire" From the eighteenth century

Using DNA evidence, forensic scientists were able to reconstruct the face of a “vampire” who lived in the 18th century.

In the late 18th century, a man was buried in Connecticut with his thigh bones in a cross pattern, suggesting that the locals thought he was a vampire. However, little is known about him. More than 200 years later, DNA data showed what it might look like.

After performing DNA tests, forensic scientists from Parabon NanoLabs, a DNA technology company, and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL), based in Delaware, concluded that the Connecticut farmer, nicknamed JB55, was about 55 years old at the time of his death. and he was considered a “vampire” due to the fact that he had tuberculosis.

Tuberculosis makes people’s skin pale yellow, their eyes become red and swollen, and sometimes there are blood stains around the mouth from coughing, which about 200 years ago were considered signs of the “living dead”.

The man’s skeleton was used for DNA analysis, and a machine learning system was used to predict what he might have looked like before the spread of the disease.

The results showed that his skin was fair, his eyes were hazel or hazel, his hair was brown or black, and he had several freckles.

A detailed examination of JB55’s DNA in 2019 led to the revelation of his true identity.

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This study is based on the original 1994 discovery, but has access to the latest technology to search the historical records of John Barber and determine that he was 55 years old when he died.

A group of American researchers determined that JB55 had a chronic lung infection after analyzing his ribs, which was a common infectious disease in the nineteenth century.

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Study co-author Michael Bell said the highly contagious bacterial infection makes patients pale, thin and coughing up blood.

When JB55 was found in the coffin, his thigh bones were removed and crossed over his chest, which is believed to have prevented him from being resurrected from the dead.

This man was considered a “vampire” according to a story that began in the famous small town of Jewett, where a large family lost several men to tuberculosis over the course of nine years. When one of the younger sons became infected, the family was sure that they had become “vampires”.

The family began exhuming the dead, burning their remains and reburial. When the boy recovered, the surviving family members believed that this practice helped stop the “vampire” epidemic.

The DNA used to reconstruct JB55’s face was taken from femur powder, but Parabon NanoLabs, which performed the facial reconstruction, notes that the ancient remains are sometimes difficult to work with and used three methods during testing.

This included shotgun sequencing, which breaks the genome into small pieces of DNA that are individually sequenced.

Other methods have involved scanning the entire human genome, targeting some 850,000 custom SNPs, often referred to as SNPs, the most common type of genetic variation in humans.

Once the team was able to create a complete genetic profile, they applied machine learning models to predict what JB55 would look like when it walked the Earth some 200 years ago.

Source: Daily Mail