Skull Matryoshka: Traces of Modern Humans in Neanderthal DNA - Science / Biology Illustration

Tested various color/mat combos before settling on this one to publish. These stylized materials are simply meant to show a stark contrast between modern and ancient. A few tests below.

Tested various color/mat combos before settling on this one to publish. These stylized materials are simply meant to show a stark contrast between modern and ancient. A few tests below.

For a 2019 Quanta article: Fossil DNA Reveals New Twists in Modern Human Origins (https://tinyurl.com/QMSkulls2019)

"Genomic studies reveal how convoluted the emergence of modern humans was. We carry genes from our ancestors’ encounters with ancient people like the Neanderthals, but the Neanderthals already carried some modern human genes from even earlier encounters with vanished groups."

Sculpted in ZBrush, textured in Substance, final materials in C4D & Redshift.

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