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‘Virtual fossil’ reveals last common ancestor of humans and Neanderthals

New digital techniques have allowed researchers to predict structural evolution of the skull in the lineage of Homo sapiens and Neanderthals, in an effort to fill in blanks in the fossil record, and provide the first 3D rendering of their last common ancestor. The study suggests populations that led to the lineage split were older than previously thought.

Aurélien Mounier and Marta Mirazon Lahr computed 3 virtual last common ancestors to Homo sapiens and Homo neanderthalensis, using 3 different models for the evolution of the genus Homo. Each of the available 3d models on this web page corresponds to one of the model that was tested in the published article in JHE Virtual ancestor reconstruction: Revealing the ancestor of modern humans and Neandertals (Mounier and Mirazon Lahr, 2016).

3d models
Files for download (right-click and download file)
lca1.ply [17.4 MB]
lca2.ply [18.4 MB]
lca3.ply [10.6 MB]

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