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Fossil Hominid Skulls

Fossil hominid skulls. Some of the figures have been modified for ease of comparison (only left-right mirroring or removal of a jawbone). (Images © 2000 Smithsonian Institution.)

(A) Pan troglodytes, chimpanzee, modern
(B) Australopithecus africanus, STS 5, 2.6 My
(C) Australopithecus africanus, STS 71, 2.5 My
(D) Homo habilis, KNM-ER 1813, 1.9 My
(E) Homo habilis, OH24, 1.8 My
(F) Homo rudolfensis, KNM-ER 1470, 1.8 My
(G) Homo erectus, Dmanisi cranium D2700, 1.75 My
(H) Homo ergaster (early H. erectus), KNM-ER 3733, 1.75 My
(I) Homo heidelbergensis, “Rhodesia man,” 300,000 – 125,000 y
(J) Homo sapiens neanderthalensis, La Ferrassie 1, 70,000 y
(K) Homo sapiens neanderthalensis, La Chappelle-aux-Saints, 60,000 y
(L) Homo sapiens neanderthalensis, Le Moustier, 45,000 y
(M) Homo sapiens sapiens, Cro-Magnon I, 30,000 y
(N) Homo sapiens sapiens, modern

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8 thoughts on “Fossil Hominid Skulls”

  1. To whom it may concern:

    I’m not sure who the author of this blog is, or who the owner of the hominid skull image is, but I have to let you know how absolutely beautiful this image really is. An incomprehensible amount of time and change all in one concise picture just takes my breath away.
    I would be honored to share this photo with as many people as possible so that others can marvel at this exquisite imagery. Who can I contact directly about the legalities of such a thing?
    Thank you for your hard work. This is truly an amazing thing.

    -Dan

  2. Hi there,
    My name is Zack Matheson and I am a full time Student at the Art Institute of Vancouver for Professional Recording Arts.
    I absolutely Love this Picture and I would love to know How I can Get that Exact Replica Skull Set
    My father and I both Dream of having a Full Replica Set up on the Wal at Full size.
    Please help me
    I live in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
    Much appreciated
    Cheers

  3. I do not actually know what to believe.

    • Why not believe everything? The proof of evolution does in no way discount the presence of a God. This issue, like politics, tends to get people to be pigeon holed into one camp or the other. I realized this point while reading Steven Hawkings book “History of the Universe in a Nutshell”. He pointed out that the evolution of the universe does not mean that God himself didn’t start the Big Bang….. It’s comforting to believe this.

  4. notice how untypical L braincase?

  5. Notice how you believe in things (that may very well be ridiculous) because it’s “comforting”.

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