Bizarre 3D reconstruction ‘shows how Virgin Mary looked like famous star’ – but not all is as it seems

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A BIZARRE 3D reconstruction appears to show how the Virgin Mary looked like a famous star – but it’s not all what it seems.

Scientists at Stanford University are said to have created a computerised cut-out of Jesus’ mother to find out how she might have looked.

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Double take: scientists at Stanford University claim to have a 3D reconstruction of the Virgin Mary[/caption]

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The computerised touch-up looks uncannily like Lady Gaga[/caption]

The result was an uncanny look-a-like of Lady Gaga in a veil and looking rather pious.

But the image isn’t all it seems and Twitter users were less than convinced it was real after it was posted by someone by the name Future Dilf.

The post went viral, getting 78k likes and was shared more than 12k times.

The image is likely a fake given there is no physical archaeological evidence the Virgin Mary ever existed, according to one Twitter user.

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In 2015, scientists stunned the world with a drawing of what Jesus could actually have looked like, based on what is known about his life.

Traditionally, Jesus is depicted as having long hair, blue eyes and white skin, despite being born in the Middle Eastern Judea region.

But a British scientist believes he has come up with a far more accurate representation of what the Christian icon actually may have looked like, based on forensic anthropology.

Richard Neave, a retired medical artist from the University of Manchester, first released the image in 2015 – but the depiction has recently returned to prominence online.


And the result looks nothing like the golden-haired, fair-eyed, pale-skinned chap we recognise from traditional Sunday school portraits.

Assisted by Israeli archaeologists, scientist Richard used methods similar to those utilised by the police to track down criminals: all in order to fashion a reconstruction of Jesus’ face.

He began by acquiring Semite male skulls from near Jerusalem, where Jesus lived.

Neave and his team then used computerised tomography to create X-ray slices of the skulls to gather complex data about his facial structure, muscles and skin.

Using this information the researchers were able to build 3D reconstruction of Jesus’ face.

They then created a cast of the skull using layers of clay and modelled the nose, lips and eyelids to follow the shape determined by the underlying muscles.

The team used drawings found at various archaeological sites dated to the first century, before the Bible was compiled, to determine Jesus’ hair, eye and skin colour.

Contrary to popular belief, they argue that God’s son could have had dark eyes and the short, curly hair appropriate for men at the time.

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Given Jesus worked outdoors as a carpenter until he was about 30, Neave and his team reckon he was more muscular and fit than Western portraits suggests, with a weather-beaten face which made him appear older.

Neave stressed that his recreation of Jesus is simply that of an adult man who lived in the same place and at the same time.

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