Science: American Face

Tepexpan Man, probably the oldest known American, had acquired a face last week. In the Smithsonian Institution at Washington, Vienna-born Sculptor Leo Steppat made the face out of statistics and Plasticine.

Steppat's friend, Anthropologist Hell-mut De Terra, dug up Tepexpan Man last February near Mexico City. When Steppat saw the skull he decided to combine sculpture and science to give it an authentic face. He first considered dissecting corpses and measuring the average thickness of tissue on modern human faces. But he found that the University of Pennsylvania's Dr. Wilton M. Krogman had done the job already, establishing the average thickness of...

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