John Gurche is a superstar in the little-known field of paleoart. John makes a living creating beautiful and realistic images of long dead creatures based purely off fossil evidence. His work has been featured in museums all over the country, including the Smithsonian. His newest book is called “Shaping Humanity: How Science, Art, and Imagination Help Us Understand Our Origins.”
Video: Shaping Humanity: How Science, Art, and Imagination Help Us Understand Our Origins [Book Teaser]
The video above acts as a sort of teaser for the book, which compiles the work of his numerous anthropology projects. John spent years studying the remains of human ancestors to create the most accurate image of human evolution possible. Millions of years are compressed into 90 seconds, as the ape-like creature in the first frame eventually turns into the author himself in the last frame.