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The Somerton Man Case. The body of a man found on an Australian beach close to a major Atomic Testing ground, he was probably poisoned, a copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and an unbroken Code page found and associated to him. Set against a Cold War background in 1948, was this man a spy? We think so and this blog focuses on the evidence that was left behind and in some cases missed, the Code page, Dry Cleaning numbers, A Poem and a small, torn piece of paper bearing the words TAMAM SHUD.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

SOMERTON MAN: THE REAL FACE OF THE SOMERTON MAN, NEW AI TECHNOLOGY PRODUCES STUNNING NEVER BEFORE SEEN VIEW


AI TECHNOLOGY RECOVERS 3D IMAGES OF THE SOMERTON MAN

With thanks to the Computer Vision Laboratory at the University of Nottingham, we have been able to create 3D views of the Somerton Man post-mortem and the plaster bust.

1. Post Mortem Photograph: 3D Video Images





The photograph in the video above is one that was reconstructed by SAPOL before its release on December 4th 1948. There has been much discussion about this image and following the extensive analysis done on this blog it is now generally accepted that the photograph was altered.


2. The Plaster Bust: 3D Video




Bear in mind that Jestyn like most of the population in Adelaide at the relevant time would have seen the published images of the man found on the beach at Somerton on December 1st, 1948. But, when she was shown the plaster bust she almost fainted to all accounts. It is believed that she instantly recognised the face of the man but would not acknowledge that fact. My view is that it is the plaster bust that shows a true representation of the Somerton Man and as you can see, it is quite different in a number of ways to the post-mortem image.

Followers of this blog will recall that in Clive's interview with Paul Lawson, he admitted that he used photographs of the man to create the plaster bust facial features. The question is, which photographs?

For those interested in the technology used, essentially it takes a single full-face image and using AI, it is able to generate a realistic 3D image of that face that can be manipulated.

The paper they produced, Large Pose 3D Face Reconstruction from a Single Image via Direct Volumetric CNN Regression, is available here:

















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