(Received 3 June 1989; accepted 23 August 1989)
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The process of building human faces by applying clay to skulls to generate leads for identification of unknown human remains is plagued by the use of a number of terms which are already used for other purposes. Reconstitution, reconstruction, restoration, death mask, moulage, and sculpture have all been used, but each is used in another context in forensic science. “Facial reproduction” is suggested as a term which is not already in use in forensic science, which is precise, and which would thus be preferred over any of the other terms.
Curator, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
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