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Homo Erectus Discovery
APRIL 2005
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Discovered near the small town of Dmanisi in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, bones of four early humans may represent a single population of hominins. To give them a face, artist John Gurche used clay, skill, and knowledge of soft tissue structures to reconstruct three skulls and a partial skull. Starting with copies of the bones, he used clay to sculpt layers of fat, muscle, and skin. Eyes added animation to the faces.

Watch the skull of the Flores hominin take on flesh and hair in this reconstruction by artist John Gurche, and see a three-dimensional rotating model of the Flores hominin develop from bone fragments into a full skeleton with muscle structure and flesh.

Navigate this map to learn the origins and characteristics of early human specimens.

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