ixtract | Homo naledi animation for NGM

National Geographic Homo Naledi Skeleton "Making of" of the Homo naledi animation for National Geographic Magazine. It was found last year in the Rising Star cave in South Africa and ixtract put together the puzzle of bones to create a skeleton and animate it for the interactive magazine versions.

National Geographic "Homo Naledi" Skeleton

Here you can see the "making of" of the homo naledi animation for National Geographic Magazine. It was found last year in the Rising Star cave in South Africa.

The final skeleton with over 200 parts which where put together the first time by ixtract. No one saw the whole Homo nadeli in this way before. We thought it might be an easy task to set up a puzzle of bones to get a complete skeleton, as there are enough referals available. But it took hours to just create the hand the right way. You can't imagine how difficult it is to align handbones in the proper manner...
The reconstruction of the hand and the foot consits of bones from different individuals. With 3D it was possible to adjust the right proportions so you get these complete sets.
The comparisson between an average modern human skull and Homo naledi shows big differnces in brain size. Scientists still wonder e.g. about the small brain this early human ancestor had...
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