The Faces of Ancient Hominids Brought to Life in Remarkable Detail
Homo sapiens (Latin: "wise man") is the scientific name for the human species. Anatomically modern humans first appear in the fossil record in Africa about 195,000 years ago. The model depicted above was reconstructed from skull and mandible fragments found in a cave in Israel in 1969. This young female Homo sapien lived between 100,000 and 90,000 years ago. Her bones indicate she was about 20 years old. Her shattered skull was found among the remains of 20 others in a shallow grave.
The facial reconstructions have been turned into an animated video by Dan Petrovic , which depicts the gradual shift in facial features over time. We highly recommend watching this fascinating video.
All images copyright of the Senckenberg Research Institute .