- Reconstruction by Philippe Froesch
This reconstruction is rather different than those seen in the previous post. The nose is much narrower and the nostrils are much less flared. The supraorbital torus is less prominent, the eyes are light and the skin much fairer too. It also seems less prognathic but it’s hard to tell from these angles. You don’t often see a reconstruction of any hominid dating to ~1.8 Mya that looks this modern human caucasian-like. However, Homo erectus was all over the shop and certainly variability existed. Here are some examples of other reconstructions, this one (Dmanisi), this one (Dmanisi), this one (Homo erectus) and this one (Homo erectus). See also this image for comparisons of different reconstructions of the Dmanisi specimens. I wonder about variability both in artistic but scientifically informed representation and on a geographic basis in fossil specimens. And I’m aware that I’m conflating taxa here because as today’s guest post noted, there is no consensus as to the taxon of the Dmanisi fossils.
I love facial reconstruction…and well physical anthroplogy. WIN!