Raising the Dead: How do we know what ancient humans looked like?Webcasts & Online
Thursday, May 20, 2021, 11:30am – 12:30pm EDT
Sculptures and images of ancient humans give faces to dry bones in publications and museums around the world. What clues do scientists and artists look at when bringing these faces back to life? What tales can an ancient skull tell us?
In paleoartist John Gurche's work, the present is the key to the past. Comparative anatomy of living humans and apes can function as a Rosetta stone for the interpretation of fossil ancestors. Join the discussion to learn more about Gurche’s detective work in reconstruction of ancient human faces and what it can tell us about extinct members of the human branch of the evolutionary tree.
Moderator: Briana Pobiner, paleoanthropologist and educator at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.
This program is offered as part of the ongoing HOT (Human Origins Today) Topic series.
This program will be presented as a Zoom video webinar. A link will be emailed to all registrants.
Online; Internet connection required