Face Of The Day


From an exhibition of early human ancestor busts by “paleo-artist” John Gurche:

Australopithecus africanus This species lived about 2.5 million years ago and, like A. afarensis, is thought by some paleoanthropologists to be one of our direct ancestors. “I wanted to get an expression that captures something that both humans and great apes do, though the meaning is a little different,” Gurche says. “I wanted to build a smile, but a smile with a lot of tension in it. You might even call it a nervous smile, like the fear grin of the chimpanzee.”

More images here. Gurche's website is here.