After School Program

Faces From the Past - Exploratory Course

April 27, 2018 - June 1, 2018

facial reconstructions of from left to right australopithecus afarensis homo heilbergensis homo erectus

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 course, 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!

Meeting Times: Fridays 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Meeting Dates: 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1