Pleistocene forensics: Face to Face with Homo antecessor
I just realized that a decade and a half have past since I first attempted to reconstruct the face of Homo antecessor, the early human species described from fossils found in Gran Dolina, Atapuerca, back in the mid 1990s.
The results of that early attempt were shown in the exhibit “Atapuerca, nuestros Antecesores”, which opened at Madrid’s Museo de Ciencias in 1999, and I reccounted the reconstruction process in a special section of the exhibition’s catalogue. But in the years that followed I revisited the reconstruction several times, updating it as new fossils were found or as I incorporated new techniques to my reconstruction “toolbox”. Successive versions were published in books and shown in exhibitions, but the one thing I am certain about is that even the latest versions are provisional. It is only a matter of time that new fossils will be found at Gran Dolina that will lead us to revise the face of Homo antecessor once again.
Is it possible to show in just 2 minutes of video the process that has led to successive versions of the face of the Dolina hominin over all these years? Well, honestly I doubt it, but I had to try anyway. I have uploaded the resulting video to YouTube, so now you can watch and judge by yourself!
Here is the link: