How can anatomical anthropological skulls be exact replicas of the original skulls?
Anatomical anthropological skulls are developed by actual making a caste of the original skull found at the specific archeological dig site. These castes and molds are formed from a very fine material that truly defines each and every variation, ridge or depression in the natural skull. The result is a high resolution replication that can be mass produced to be an exact duplicate of the various famous anatomical anthropological skulls.
Without this level of detail anatomical anthropological skulls would be interesting but basically of little or no value in research. Thanks to the specificity of the caste process they are just like being able to study the real thing. Where are anatomical anthropological skulls used most often?
The most common use of anatomical anthropological skulls is in anthropology classes. In basic or introductory level classes the gross differences between the skulls are often as far as the students need to go. These skulls show many major differences in size, shape and features, allowing students to clearly see how these skulls differ and become more and more closely aligned with modern human skulls.
For advanced level anthropology classes, biology and science classes that study evolution the skulls provide enough detail for even minor and miniscule changes in skull size or features to be accurately measured. They can also be used in comparative physiology and biology classes, and may also be used in high school and college prep courses.
Researchers working on various aspects of human evolution and ancient man use the anatomical anthropological skulls rather than having to travel to the location of the actual original skull. Most of the original skulls are in Frankfurt Germany and are never actually handled or used by researchers unless under very specific conditions. Using the anatomical anthropological skulls allows the originals to be securely stored and protected from any potential damage either by accident or by exposure to everyday handling. How are anatomical anthropological skulls displayed?
High quality anatomical anthropological skulls come mounted on a sturdy, secure base. The base may include structural supports for the jaw, meaning that the anatomical anthropological skulls are highly durable and can handle being moved without fear of damage. In addition most of the anatomical anthropological skulls also provide information on the base as to the location in which the skull was found, the year of the find and general information about the skulls. On some of the bases there are relief maps that indicate the exact location within a specific country and geographical area in which the skull was discovered. With some of the anatomical anthropological skulls it has been possible to carbon date them to within a few thousand years, and it is even possible with some of the skulls to determine the gender, approximate age and some other health issues about the individuals. These additional insights into the origins of the skull provides a fascinating glimpse into history, plus it makes the skulls very appropriate for display.