Vatican City, Jul 23, 2018 / 13:46 pm
Several experts have questioned the scientific validity of a study on the Shroud of Turin that concluded that almost half the blood stains were "painted on," based on simulations and photographs without the authors of the study having had access to the original linen cloth.
Forensic anthropologist Matteo Borrini and the chemist Luigi Garlarschelli published last week in the Journal of Forensic Sciences a paper on the Shroud based on the bloodstain patterns used to investigate crime scenes.
The Italian authors did not have access to the original linen cloth in the Turin cathedral, but based their experiments on photographs and models --including mannequins--which, for their critics are not scientifically equivalent to the cadaver that the shroud would have covered.
Borrini, a medical doctor maintains that the stains "aren't realistic" and believes that "the stains were artificially made" because according to his simulations, blood should have flowed in other directions.