The Human Fossil Record:
A Digital Resource for Research and Education

Here you will find surface models of fossil hominins and extant apes to be used for teaching. Teachers are encouraged to incorporate these into their lectures and labs. Note: although these models have been created so as to allow basic measurements to be taken, these models should not be considered appropriate for research purposes. Please contact Dr. Matthew Skinner ( for further information.

Terms of use: These digital representations are provided by the curatorial institutions that curate the original fossils under a CC BY-NC-ND license. Specifically, users are not permitted to use these digital representations to 3D print copies of fossils. Users interested in physical copies of fossils should contact the relevant curatorial institutions.

Thumbnail images of fossil hominins created by paleoartist John Gurche ( ©John Gurche 2020