'A blood pattern analysis of the Shroud of Turin suggests that bloodstains on the revered cloth are “totally unrealistic,” raising fresh questions over the theory that the fabric was used to bury Jesus Christ.
The three-meter long linen cloth, which bears an image of a bearded man some believe to be Jesus Christ, has long been steeped in mystery. The cloth is thought to have been used to wrap Christ’s body after his crucifixion, and has been the subject of various studies attempting to determine its origins.
However, new research claims that it’s not possible for the stains to have formed while a body was lying flat on the fabric.
Forensic anthropologist Matteo Borrini of Liverpool John Moores University in the UK and organic chemist Luigi Garlaschelli of the Italian Committee for the Investigation of Claims of the Pseudoscience used bloodstain pattern analysis to determine how the stains on the shroud were created.
According to their research, published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, the Shroud of Turin’s blood stains indicate several different poses were used to imprint the patterns for the hands, chest and back. They used two types of blood for their analysis – human blood donated for the research, and synthetic blood with the same fluid properties.
Video footage shows the researchers carry out the dramatic experiment with Borrini using Garlaschelli as a live subject. The pair also used a mannequin to analyse the blood flow on wounds.'
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