Teen Programs

Faces from the Past

April 17, 2017

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© AMNH Exhibitions

Neanderthal braincase vs. modern human


The Museum is renowned for its vivid dioramas that depict species as they lived in the past. But how do scientists rebuild lifelike human ancestors from pieces of fossil remains? How can we look our human ancestors in the eye? Build your own detailed reconstruction of a hominid ancestor using forensic science and fossil casts. In this one day workshop, we will examine fossil skull casts from human relatives to sculpt facial reconstructions on 3D-printed skulls. We will examine differences in skulls, create detailed facial musculature, apply tissue-depth markers, and make interpretations about where they lived and how they died. Take home your very own sculpted reconstruction of a hominin face from the past!

Date: Monday, April 17, 2017 from 10-5pm