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Paleoartist Brings Human Evolution to Life
Smithsonian Magazine ^ | 5-7-2014 | Helen Thompson

Posted on 05/09/2014 3:07:16 PM PDT by Renfield

A smiling 3.2-million-year-old face greets visitors to the anthropology hall of the National Museum of Anthropology and History in Mexico City. This reconstruction of the famous Australopithecus afarensis specimen dubbed “Lucy” stands a mere 4 feet tall, is covered in dark hair, and displays a pleasant gaze.

She’s no ordinary mannequin: Her skin looks like it could get goose bumps, and her frozen pose and expression make you wonder if she’ll start walking and talking at any moment.

This hyper-realistic depiction of Lucy comes from the Atelier Daynès studio in Paris, home of French sculptor and painter Elisabeth Daynès. Her 20-year career is a study in human evolution—in addition to Lucy, she’s recreated Sahelanthropus tchadensis, as well as Paranthropus boisei, Homo erectus, and Homo floresiensis, just to name a few. Her works appear in museums across the globe, and in 2010, Daynès won the prestigious J. Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize for her reconstructions....

(Excerpt) Read more at smithsonianmag.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; paleoanthropology

A hyper realistic reconstruction of an Australopithecus africanus based on cast of the skull STS5 (nicknamed "Mrs Ples") discovered in 1947 in Sterkfontein, South Africa. The fossil STS5 is between 2.1 and 2.7 million years old. (Photo: © P.Plailly/E.Daynès – Reconstruction Atelier Daynès Paris)

1 posted on 05/09/2014 3:07:16 PM PDT by Renfield
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping


2 posted on 05/09/2014 3:07:33 PM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield
The Rolling Stones Monkey Man

Stones finest in my opinion.
3 posted on 05/09/2014 3:09:30 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Lazamataz

Yoo-hoo!


4 posted on 05/09/2014 3:09:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Renfield

5 posted on 05/09/2014 3:11:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Renfield

I recognize that look. Her man is in trouble.


6 posted on 05/09/2014 3:15:39 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Renfield

- Lucy Hussein Obama was a knuckle-dragging crackhead barack - not freckled like a red-haired northern biped


7 posted on 05/09/2014 3:23:40 PM PDT by devolve (-Tell VLADIMER after my ERECTION I have more 90% more FLEXIBILITY - pre-1899 Colt SAA frames needed)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wow. That guy made himself look really good. All it took was the invention of a razor. Who’da thought it?


8 posted on 05/09/2014 3:24:20 PM PDT by alstewartfan (Down the legions of years the invaders have taken this land And bent you to their will. Al Stewart)
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To: Renfield

Whilst artistically quite impressive and interesting, such things as science are like Just So stories.


9 posted on 05/09/2014 3:32:40 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: Renfield

Bttt.


10 posted on 05/09/2014 3:33:05 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: cripplecreek

yes....that one and “Can’t You Here Me Knocking”...


11 posted on 05/09/2014 3:36:35 PM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: cripplecreek

I meant “Hear”....


12 posted on 05/09/2014 3:37:06 PM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield

Chick is NOT HOT


13 posted on 05/09/2014 4:05:23 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Renfield

There were at least two people that looked like this in front of me in the voting line last election - they were discussing the Democrat candidate.....


14 posted on 05/09/2014 4:38:30 PM PDT by majormaturity
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To: Renfield

The artist's reconstruction of Lucy, a 3.1 million-year-old female Australopithecus afarensis discovered in 1974 in Hadar, Ethiopia. Because only fragments of Lucy's cranium were found, Daynès had to draw from the skull of another A. afarensis female Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bringing-human-evolution-life-180951155/#z0kIBUVpEyKLXoZM.99 Give the gift of Smithsonian magazine for only $12! http://bit.ly/1cGUiGv Follow us: @SmithsonianMag on Twitter

15 posted on 05/09/2014 4:58:42 PM PDT by Excellence (Marine mom since April 11, 2014)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...
Thanks Renfield.

16 posted on 05/10/2014 6:18:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Excellence

She’s got Elizabeth Warren’s cheekbones.


17 posted on 05/10/2014 6:22:42 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: Renfield
He'd probably do a better job.


18 posted on 05/10/2014 6:28:53 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: Excellence

Strikes a passing resemblance to Christopher Walken!


19 posted on 05/10/2014 8:15:47 PM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (Ephesians 6:12 becomes more real to me with each news cycle.)
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To: Excellence
The artist's reconstruction of Lucy

Guilty


20 posted on 05/10/2014 10:01:37 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Maybe she is guilty, but she looks like more fun to be around than that old Mrs. Ples in the first post.


21 posted on 05/10/2014 11:00:12 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: ifinnegan

Agreed. Waste of money, IMO.


22 posted on 05/11/2014 4:24:51 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: ifinnegan

PS to what I said: This woman is one heck of an artist, though.


23 posted on 05/11/2014 4:27:25 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: ifinnegan; Bigg Red
ifinnegan: "...such things as science are like Just So stories."

Bigg Red: "Agreed. Waste of money, IMO."

The science here is only "like" Just So stories in the same sense that ancient two wheel carts are "like" today's 18-wheeler big rigs.
Both moved cargo from point A to point B, but the differences in disciplined scientific engineering is considerable, as are the results in capacity & speed.

Over many years now efforts have been made to draw pictures of creatures found in ancient fossils.
Virtually everyone appreciates those efforts, and these results are among the best yet seen.

24 posted on 05/11/2014 1:27:38 PM PDT by BroJoeK (a little historical perspective....)
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To: BroJoeK

You ignore the appreciation stated for the artist.

It’s still speculation and no one should take it at face value.


25 posted on 05/11/2014 5:50:19 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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