Interactive: Virtual Skull - Homo neanderthalensis
Cast of a Homo neanderthalensis skull.This skull was discovered in 1908 in La Chapelle-aux-Saints, France and is 50,000 years old. This male individual had lost most of his teeth and his skeleton showed evidence of major injuries and disease including a healed broken hip, and arthritis of the lower neck, back, hip and shoulders. He survived for quite some time with these complaints, which indicates that these people cared for the sick and elderly.
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.
- 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
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- Donald McAllister
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