Interactive: Virtual Skull - Australopithecus africanus

Description

A partial skull and brain endocast of an Australopithecus africanus child. The skull was discovered in 1924 in Taung, South Africa and is approximately 2.3 million years old. This skull of a young child is the ‘type specimen’ or official representative of this species. It was the first fossil of a human ancestor ever found in Africa and was also the first to be classified in the genus Australopithecus. We know this individual was a young child because its first molar teeth were in the process of erupting from the jaw.

 

Virtual Skulls

Click on the view interactive link above to launch the quicktime interactive. You will need to download the free Quicktime plugin to view these virtual skulls.

Instructions

  • when your cursor changes to a hand you can drag your mouse in either direction to rotate the skull
  • when your cursor is either on the left or the right side of the popup window, it will change to a thin arrow, hold your mouse down to rotate the skull in either direction
  • click on the icon to view a static bottom view of the skull, click again on the icon to return to the front view which you can rotate
  • a ruler will show at the top of the window when the skull is either to the front or facing to the left
  • hold your Shift key down to zoom in
  • hold your Control/Command key down to zoom out

View:
View interactive in new window
File type:
MOV
File size:
726
Developer:
Donald McAllister
Rights:
© Australian Museum

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