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.

Australopithecus afarensis , adult male, Ethiopia

Australopithecus afarensis, adult male, Ethiopia

Hands of  Homo sapiens  and  Pan paniscus

Hands of Homo sapiens and Pan paniscus

Homo erectus , adult male, Java

Homo erectus, adult male, Java

“Lucy,”  Australopithecus afarensis , adult female, Ethiopia

“Lucy,” Australopithecus afarensis, adult female, Ethiopia

Homo sapiens,  adult female, Predmosti, Czechoslovakia

Homo sapiens, adult female, Predmosti, Czechoslovakia

Homo neanderthalensis , adult male, Shanidar, Iraq

Homo neanderthalensis, adult male, Shanidar, Iraq

Australopithecus sediba , adult female, South Africa

Australopithecus sediba, adult female, South Africa

Australopithecus afarensis , adult male, Ethiopia

Australopithecus afarensis, adult male, Ethiopia

Homo naledi , adult male, South Africa

Homo naledi, adult male, South Africa

Pan paniscus,  adult male

Pan paniscus, adult male

Homo erectus , juvenile male, Kenya

Homo erectus, juvenile male, Kenya

Pan paniscus , adult male

Pan paniscus, adult male

Australopithecus afarensis , adult male with termite, Ethiopia

Australopithecus afarensis, adult male with termite, Ethiopia

Pan paniscus , pregnant female

Pan paniscus, pregnant female

Australopithecus afarensis , Ethiopia

Australopithecus afarensis, Ethiopia

Homo neanderthalensis , adult male, Israel

Homo neanderthalensis, adult male, Israel

Homo sapiens , bones and cartilage of the vocal tract and neck

Homo sapiens, bones and cartilage of the vocal tract and neck

Homo sapiens , adult female

Homo sapiens, adult female

Homo heidelbergensis, adult male, Zambia

Homo heidelbergensis, adult male, Zambia

Homo erectus , South Africa

Homo erectus, South Africa