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A multi-million year old human fossil may be a truly one-of-a-kind look into the history of our species, but even the most well preserved specimen is useless in a vacuum. Fossils must be compared to each other to give scientists insight into where they fit in the long progression to modern humans. The rarity of such finds is a real obstacle. Janet Monge has a solution. As manager of the Casting Program at the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, she and her volunteer assistants make highly accurate replicas of these priceless fossils.

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Introduction to Human Evolution (Smithsonian Institution)

Overview of Hominin Evolution (Nature)

Replicating the History of Human Evolution (University of Pennsylvania)