Jerry as a Neanderthal

by Greg Mayer

At the new Hall of Human Origins at the USNM on the Mall in Washington D.C., you can have a photograph of your face merged with the reconstruction of a Neanderthal, to see what you would have looked like as an early human.  Jerry’s there now, and here’s Jerry’s photo. I’m not sure I can detect any real differences.

Jerry as a Neanderthal.

Jerry will be posting about the exhibit later (as will I, as promised).

17 Comments

  1. Posted September 27, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    They should release it to the Internetz – I’m sure it could be hooked up to a computers’s webcam

  2. Kevin
    Posted September 27, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    …to which Gibberson says, “see, I *told* you so.”

  3. Posted September 27, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, but he’s still smarter than a sophisticated theologian….

    b&

  4. Posted September 27, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    This machine was initially designed by the NSA to detect Tea Party activists.

  5. Woody Tanaka
    Posted September 27, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Neanderthals trimmed their bangs?? Who knew?

    • NMcC
      Posted September 28, 2010 at 4:02 am | Permalink

      What I would like to know is how come every Neanderthal had a Beatles moptop?

  6. MosesZD
    Posted September 27, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Ewww…

  7. MosesZD
    Posted September 27, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    What’s with the faux hawk anyway? Are you insinuating that Neanderthals were hipsters? Damn good thing they went extinct then…

  8. Posted September 27, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    I’d say you should do one of Ken Ham, but I don’t know if it’s necessary…

  9. Dr. I. Needtob Athe
    Posted September 27, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    Looks like Neanderthal’s mouths hadn’t fully evolved yet. Maybe they died out from starvation.

  10. Mattyd
    Posted September 27, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Wait, where is the neanderthal image?

  11. Posted September 28, 2010 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    Of course you can tell the difference. He’s so much more manly with a beard.

  12. steve oberski
    Posted September 28, 2010 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    Looks like one of those gnu atheists to me.

  13. still learning
    Posted September 28, 2010 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    Hey, that guy works at my local butcher shop! He helped me pick out some stegosaurus ribs…oh, wait…

  14. Posted September 28, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    I have a problem with this; it seems faintly dualist to toy with what “I would look like as a Neanderthal”, as if you have a Neanderthal soma into which you insert the soul, and suddenly you’re ready to roll, like getting into a new car or something.

    Or to make it a bit more controversial, would we be happy with a program for “What I would look like as a Black” if you were Caucasian, or vice versa? Is this not racist towards Neanderthals?

    [Yes, I *am* trying to be a bit of a dick with this ;-)]

  15. littlejohn
    Posted September 28, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    What’s with the white upper lip? I get the low forehead, large nose, brow ridge, etc., but wait – I just described myself. Never mind.

  16. Tuco
    Posted September 30, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    What if I already look like a Neanderthal?


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