Artist John Gurche used the latest forensic techniques, fossil discoveries, and 20 years of experience to create the lifelike reconstructions of early humans on display in the Hall of Human Origins. The painstaking process required a detailed knowledge of human and ape anatomy. It took Gurche 2½ years to complete these busts.
On this day in 1974, Donald Johanson and Tom Gray discovered the 40% complete Australopithecus afarensis skeleton, nicknamed “Lucy”. Their discovery made a significant contribution to scientific knowledge about what our ancestors looked like.
John Gurche, paleoartist and author of Shaping Humanity, studies fossil remains like Lucy’s to create forensically accurate representations of our ancient human ancestors. This animation of his work allows you to watch human evolution happen in under 3 minutes.
A group of anthropology students got the opportunity to meet with John Gurche, who is reconstructing the Lucy skeleton and other early hominids. In the photo are Geneva Faraci ‘16, Theodora Weatherby '16, Courtney Leo '16, Macy O'Hearn '14, Allison Carter '13. Photo credit: Luke St. Clair '14.
A beautiful selection of work of looking at the the evolution of man, replicating the stages of our human ancestors.
He works from the very core of each piece creating bone, veins, tendons flesh and builds the whole structure as nature intended. The great thing with is art is the accuracy John coming from a science background takes great care in the process and accuracy of his work, his dedication to enable the viewers of his pieces to become face to face with our ancestors is astounding. i caught John’s interview on the Science Friday podcast and I wanted to share it with you.