Tales of a paleoartist

Discover magazine is running an incredible article by John Gurche about the process of creating his artistic reconstructions of early hominins: “Making Lucy: A Paleoartist Reconstructs Long-Lost Human Ancestors”.

Here’s how he begins:

I have an interesting job. Some days it might involve paying a woman to climb up and down a pole naked while I take notes and photographs.
But that’s a terrible way to begin. Let me explain.

The article is richly illustrated with photos from Gurche’s book, Shaping Humanity: How Science, Art, and Imagination Help Us Understand Our Origins. A great demonstration of the importance of anatomical knowledge.