The Smithsonian’s animated sculptures become historic NFT collectibles.

Known from a partial skeleton (“Lucy”) and more than 300 other individuals, this species survived almost a million years ago (3.85 to 2.95 million years ago), probably due to its range of locomotor abilities – able to walk bipedally and climb trees.

This skull looks a lot like an ape, but it has small canines and signs that the head was held upright, both of which look like members of the human family.

Found in Chad and believed to have lived between six and seven million years ago, shortly after the split between humans and chimpanzees.

Had an average brain size nearly two-thirds as large as ours.

It was the first known hominin to have human-like body proportions, possibly due to the built-for-traveling lifestyle of a carnivore. Emerged 2 million years ago and lived for over 1.8 million years, making it the oldest surviving of all our hominid relatives.

Human Ancestors Who Walked the Earth Millions of Years Ago Make Their Blockchain Debut

Gurche brilliantly revives the long human past with his powerful reconstructions.

— Ian Tattersall – American Museum of Natural History

BARCELONA, CATALONIA, SPAIN, June 21, 2022 / — The hyper-realistic reconstructions of our earliest ancestors housed in the Smithsonian Institution’s Hall of Human Origins are now available for the first time as high-definition, animated NFTs, called the Hominid Collection.

Created by world-renowned paleoartist John Gurche, eight of the 12 are the same hominids on display in Washington, DC The other four were produced for the covers of National Geographic magazine.

The reconstructions are based on Gurche’s nearly 30 years of study of great apes and human anatomy, as well as the study of original hominid fossils in Africa and Europe. Each hominin took around 700 hours of work to research and reconstruct. The result is a state-of-the-art representation of our ancient ancestors.
Gurche is currently artist-in-residence at the Earth Museum affiliated with Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

“This hNFT collection, my first, is an opportunity to reach new audiences, especially young people, who are curious about the fascinating story of human evolution as we understand it,” said Gurche. “Realism has always been important to me with my reconstructions, and now the TID team has taken them a step further with their wonderful animations, bringing them fully to life.”

The Hominins collection includes 12 of just over 20 known species from ape-like and more modern hominins that preceded Homo sapiens, starting with Sahelanthropus tchadensis around seven million years ago to Homo neanderthalensis around 400,000 to 40,000 years ago and will be available for sale on Opensea on June 24, 2022.

TID is an institute dedicated to R&D, creation and production of hNFTs (historical NFTs) that celebrate our shared history through series of collectible digital artworks. Each is handmade by contemporary artists in collaboration with historians and curators. We apply the highest standards of legacy publishing to our hNFT collections on the blockchain.

Braden Phillips
TID Institute for Historical Research NFT
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