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Richard III: Updated skull replica to go on show

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A new 3D replica of Richard III's skull has gone on show at the Guildhall. The updated copy has been created with much finer detail and shows battle scars and injuries sustained in Richard's final moments. The original replica, created earlier this year, has been on display at the temporary Richard III exhibition at the Guildhall since February. Experts from Loughborough University were invited to make both skulls by the University of Leicester - which unearthed the Medieval monarch in August, last year. They used 3D scans of the former king's skull to create a computer model. A technique known as laser sintering - which uses high-powered lasers to fuse materials in to a 3D shape - was then used to craft the replica versions. Professor Russell Harris, head of the university's Additive Manufacturing Research Group, who led the project, said: "We are absolutely delighted with the new skull. "It is incredibly more detailed than the previous version, and will be invaluable for future studies." The same team is also working on a complete copy of Richard III's skeleton, which it is hoped will form part of the permanent visitor's centre being created in Leicester, due to open next year. The new skull was presented to Laura Hadland, senior curator for the Leicester Arts and Museums Service, and is now on display at the Guildhall exhibition. She said: "85,000 people have visited the Guildhall exhibition so far and many of them have commented on how much the 3D skull model adds to their understanding of the battle trauma that the king suffered. We are hopeful that this higher resolution model will take this understanding even further."

Richard III: Updated skull replica to go on show


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