#1 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, December 16th, 2013 08:15
#2 By: IMB, December 16th, 2013 08:41
Excellent article that you dug up, Maggie. I've copied it to read later. I've watched the reconstruction shows on Tut, and so on. If there is historical info on someone, I think the guesses might be better on the soft tissue, based on ethnicity and the like, but it's still a guess.
As to buccal fat, I'm assuming that's even more difficult. Will check back later.
#3 By: newliminted, December 16th, 2013 09:16
According to an eye witness:
"He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.
His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread."
Apparently mommy was kissing him. Wait until daddy finds out!
#4 By: millie fink, December 16th, 2013 09:35
What? Megyn Kelly just settled this issue a few days ago. For the kids. Santa was a white man, just like Jesus. Of course Santa was a white man!!!!
#5 By: Jardine, December 16th, 2013 10:01
What do you mean "was"?
#6 By: millie fink, December 16th, 2013 10:06
Oops! Sorry bout that, kids.
#7 By: Anthony Vicari, December 16th, 2013 11:56
Eh, that ship sailed. This is, after all, an article about forensics done on Santa's skeleton. Also, despite the "Because magic" argument, there is always http://www.daclarke.org/Humour/santa.html
#8 By: silkox, December 16th, 2013 12:49
There has even been a documentary film.
#9 By: Ryan_Griffin, December 16th, 2013 13:37
#10 By: Geth, December 16th, 2013 13:43
Uh, well he was, he just wasn't as white as Megyn Kelly would like to think.
#11 By: Daemonworks, December 16th, 2013 14:12
Wow, mommy gets around... I saw her kissing Yog Sothoth.
#12 By: Privatti, December 16th, 2013 15:41
And what about dinosaur reconstruction?
#13 By: kenmce, December 16th, 2013 18:29
Sinter Klause waaay predate St. Nicholas. St. Nick was just a tool used to swing all the follower of the prechristian old god over to the cool new god.
#14 By: Tim, December 16th, 2013 18:43
One thing I'd like to see on those History Channel-type documentaries is a simple demonstration to give us an idea of how accurate the models are likely to be. Before tackling (say) King Tutankhamen, forensic experts should show a few "reconstructions" using skulls from people who were photographed while they were still alive, but whose images were not made available to the forensic experts until afterward.
#15 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, December 21st, 2013 08:15
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