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3D proves Terracotta Warriors were based on real soldiers

Terracotta Warriors, Xi'an.
Terracotta Warriors, Xi’an. Image by Fabio Achilli / CC BY 2.0

New 3D imaging has revealed that the Terracotta Warrior Army in Xi’an was likely based on real soldiers. Scans were taken of the statues’ ears, which are said to be as unique as human fingerprints, revealing that each statue is entirely individual and likely was modelled after a different soldier. The findings shed light on how the 7000-figure army, created by and buried with China’s first emperor Qin Shi Huang, was made. Read more: independent.co.uk