Lost Anatomies: the Evolution of the Human Form
by John Gurche, published by Abrams Books on March 12, 2019.
The human form has been the subject of intense exploration by artists for centuries. Now, human origins science has extended the field for such exploration by revealing the human form’s precursors. This twenty-seven year labor of love follows the evolving human form through twenty million years of its evolution. Aesthetic goals dominate here, but science is the window through which we view this part of the natural world. The research behind this work has involved the study of original hominin fossils in Africa, Asia and Europe. Equally important to the art in this book has been thirty years of great ape dissection: of bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and of course, humans. If you experience even a fraction of the joy I’ve had in making this art, I am happy.