Jerry as a Neanderthal

September 27, 2010 • 3:22 pm

by Greg Mayer

At the new Hall of Human Origins at the USNM on the Mall in Washington D.C., you can have a photograph of your face merged with the reconstruction of a Neanderthal, to see what you would have looked like as an early human.  Jerry’s there now, and here’s Jerry’s photo. I’m not sure I can detect any real differences.

Jerry as a Neanderthal.

Jerry will be posting about the exhibit later (as will I, as promised).

18 thoughts on “Jerry as a Neanderthal

  1. What’s with the faux hawk anyway? Are you insinuating that Neanderthals were hipsters? Damn good thing they went extinct then…

  2. I have a problem with this; it seems faintly dualist to toy with what “I would look like as a Neanderthal”, as if you have a Neanderthal soma into which you insert the soul, and suddenly you’re ready to roll, like getting into a new car or something.

    Or to make it a bit more controversial, would we be happy with a program for “What I would look like as a Black” if you were Caucasian, or vice versa? Is this not racist towards Neanderthals?

    [Yes, I *am* trying to be a bit of a dick with this ;-)]

  3. What’s with the white upper lip? I get the low forehead, large nose, brow ridge, etc., but wait – I just described myself. Never mind.

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