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Catalan Institute of Palaeontology Miquel Crusafont

Homo neanderthalensis

Reconstruction of a Neanderthal man

Reconstruction of a Neanderthal man

This reconstruction of a Neanderthal man has become the newest icon of the museum. Made by Palaeoartist Ramon Lopez from Quagga, it is a hyper-realistic polyester resin translucent sculpture with hair. Model made of moulded clay with silicone, oil paints and glass eyes. 

The process of making the sculpture is a painstaking reconstruction and always done under the advisement of palaeontologists: first a sketch is made, then a 1:10 scale model in resin, and then, once validated by the researcher, a full scale model is made and finally it is painted.

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