Recently SAC staff and students took part in the After Hours Lates event “Where are you really from?” at the Natural History Museum in London. Using 3D scanning equipment and software from the Virtual Palaeoanthropology Lab Dr. Matthew Skinner, Chris Dunmore, Annabelle Lockey, and James Kloda ran a public engagement event called ‘Morphing Modern Faces’.
After 3D scanning, the faces of museum visitors were warped into either Homo neanderthalensis (a Neanderthal) or Australopithecus afarensis (e.g., Lucy). Additionally, using casts of human fossils from our SAC cast collection we presented casts and general information about human evolution to visitors. Overall, we had 100s of visitors attend the event, scanned the faces of over 40 visitors, and received very good feedback and interest about our work on human evolution! Dr. Skinner would like to take this opportunity to thank Chris, Annabelle and James for their hard work and excellent contributions to the event!
A video of the ‘Be Neanderthalised’ workshop is available here.