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Homo naledi ancient hominid skull reconstruction

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Named Homo Naledi, this new species of an extinct early human ancestor discovered by the Rising Star expedition team near Johannesburg, South Africa has stunned the paleoanthropology and archaeology world, and in true scientific fashion, they have published scanned specimens of their find and published on for all to enjoy and participate in this extraordinary discovery. The original publication of this find can be found here:

For those of you not able to access the original scans, I have reconstructed the skull as was done in the paper by combining the fragments of specimens DH3 and DH4 to produce a replica skull found here:

In addition, I have also reconstructed the upper maxilla to match the published mandible and mirrored the zygomatic fragments; with these four files, I printed as much of the skull as possible, with the rest approximated based on skeletal landmarks of other early hominids. Sculpted clay finished the complete skull replication.

Enjoy and thank the awesome scientists who make this kind of reproduction possible. All specimens and original scans are attributable to the original authors. Scanned with NextEngine Scanner.

Contact information for this reconstruction:
Digital reconstructions done by Darryl R. Ricketts, M.S., Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Indiana University South Bend, email:

Sculpting done by Susan M. Ward, Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, Indiana University South Bend, email:
Please attribute accordingly.

I am a forensic anthropologist NOT affiliated with this project or the Rising Star team. I teach anthropology and specialize in fetal osteology and 3D reconstruction. Please post a photo to share if you print this, and check out my other scans of skulls and bones at
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3D printing settings

.200 micron, minimal infill, with supports

3D printer file information

  • 3D design format: STL Folder details Close
    • Neladi_Jaw_Ward.stl
    • Neladi_Skull_CompleteV3.stl

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  • Publication date: 2017-08-04 at 05:48





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