Fully automated skull-face

overlay in a matter of seconds

The Craniofacial Superimposition module available in Skeleton·ID performs automatic skull and face overlay, using one or more 2D photographs of a subject and a 3D model of the skull. Forensic experts only need to locate the cephalometric and craniometric points and select a soft tissue thickness study.

AI-based Craniofacial Superimposition

Our patented algorithm performs automatic craniofacial superimposition in less than a second. That means even large databases can be searched for positive matches in a reasonable amount of time. 

Virtual Lab

The Virtual Lab is providing tools for rotation, translation, scaling, and projection of 3D models. Advanced operations include the change of camera-subject distance, focal distance, and main point.


To increase objectivity, Skeleton·ID automatically considers the orientation of the camera, the facial pose, focal length, and subject-to-camera distance for all images used. Results of the craniofacial superimposition are measured with a likelihood ratio. 


The reliability of the CFS algorithm was confirmed by multiple independent studies.

  • Strong Support
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  • Strong support

Automatic landmark location

Craniofacial landmarks provide the base for many forensic identification methods. Positioning landmarks is a manual and time-consuming task. Panacea is currently cooperating with researchers to automate landmark location completely.


Handbook on Craniofacial Superimposition

Methodolgy and protocol for forensic human identification with Craniofacial Superimposition.