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The faces of a Neanderthal family. Source: Rawf8 / Adobe Stock.

The Art of Reconstructing the Faces of Ancient Humans (Video)


Imagine being able to step back in time and witness the early ancestors of the human race. While a time machine may not yet exist, art has the power to transport us to different eras and provide a glimpse into the distant past. This is the philosophy behind the work of paleoartists like John Gurche who have dedicated their lives to bringing the dead back to life.

By creating paintings and sculptures of our ancient ancestors, they hope to serve as a portal to a different time, allowing people to imagine what these creatures looked like and how they lived. The evolution of humans is a fascinating mosaic affair, with different pieces of the puzzle added by different ancestors at various points in time. Through art, we can bring these beings to life and connect with the story of a little corner of the universe becoming aware of itself.

Top image: The faces of a Neanderthal family. Source: Rawf8 / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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