Andrey (azangru) wrote,


A visit to a forensic laboratory in Moscow confirmed my suspicion that being a close relative of the crown of creation won’t get you any respect. The lab specialized in forensic sculpting, such as facial reconstructions from the skulls of unidentified murder victims. In a corner of the basement, my hosts revealed a rough-hewn face that they were trying to keep under wraps. I wasn’t even allowed to take a picture. They had tried their hand at a Neanderthal skull, and the resulting bust so eerily resembled one of the most powerful Duma (parliament) members that they feared he would close down their institute if a picture ever saw the light of day.

— Frans de Waal

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