Exclusive: Building the Face of a Newly Found Ancestor

September 10, 2015 - As a paleoartist, John Gurche focuses on combining art and science to create the faces of our long-lost ancestors. With the discovery of Homo naledi, the newest addition to the genus Homo, Gurche was tasked with determining how this creature would have looked, based on bone scans of the fossils found.

Click here to learn more about paleoartist John Gurche.

Click here to learn more about the Homo naledi discovery. 

A NOVA/National Geographic special, “Dawn of Humanity,” premieres Sept. 16, 2015, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on PBS in the U.S.