Named Homo naledi, this new species of an extinct early human ancestor discovered by the Rising Star expedition team near Johannesburg, South Africa has stunned the paleoanthropology and archaeology world, and in true scientific fashion, they have published scanned specimens of their find and published on http://www.Morphosource.org for all to enjoy and participate in this extraordinary discovery. The original publication of this find can be found here:
For those of you not able to access the original scans, I have listed their reconstructed scanned skull here.
In addition, I have also reconstructed the skull using the upper maxilla to match the published mandible and mirrored the zygomatic fragments, along with fragments from the skull; with these four files, I printed as much of the skull as possible, with the rest approximated based on skeletal landmarks of other early hominids. Sculpted clay finished the complete skull replication. You can find MY H. naledi reconstruction here:
Enjoy and thank the awesome scientists who make this kind of reproduction possible. All specimens and original scans are attributable to the original authors. Scanned with NextEngine Scanner.
Please attribute accordingly.
I am a forensic anthropologist NOT affiliated with this project or the Rising Star team. I teach anthropology and specialize in fetal osteology and 3D reconstruction. Please post a photo to share if you print this, and check out my other scans of skulls and bones at http://www.thingiverse.com/dricketts/designs.
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