How real does the above picture look? Someone could so easily hand me this photograph and say it is a monkey living in the wild or in a zoo somewhere and I would believe it. But that’s not the case. This is a model created by paleoartist Viktor Deak. You’re looking at the Paranthropus aethiopicus. Everything we know about this species comes from some isolated teeth fossils and one skull. They are believed to have lived around Lake Turkana in Kenya and the Omo River Basin in Ethopia over 2.3 million years ago.
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Images from The Last Human: A Guide to Twenty-Two Species of Extinct Humans, published by Yale University Press. Photographs copyright c 2007 by Viktor Deak. Photographs reproduced with permission of Viktor Deak and Yale University Press.