A visit to the Hall of Human Origins at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) makes us come across eight heads, each inside a display case. They are tridimensional reconstructions of hominid heads, eight different species that represent the current knowledge about human ancestry, from 6-7 million years ago to the first records of our own species. Each of them gaze at the viewer with a bone chilling liveness.
- Fig.1 – Anatomical reconstruction of the head of Australopithecus afarensis (2.5 million years old), by John Gurche
- Fig.2 – Anatomical reconstruction of the head of Homo heidelbergensis (600,000 years old), by John Gurche
- Fig.3 – Stages in the anatomical reconstruction of the head of Sahelanthropus tchadensis (6-7 million years old), by John Gurche.