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New Extra-Disturbing iPhone App Allows You to Be a "MEanderthal"
13 May 2010 12:22 pm
The Smithsonian Institution has released an iPhone app to allow users to morph their faces into those of Neandertals. Explains the Christian Science Monitor:
First you upload a portrait of your face and line up the image with markers for the eyes, nose and mouth. Next, you choose which human species you'd like to become, including: Homo floresiensis who lived between 95,000 and 17,000 years ago; Homo neanderthalensis who lived 200,000 to 28,000 years ago; and Homo heidelbergensis who lived 700,000 to 200,000 years ago.
Expect your nose to inch up in size in the resulting MEanderthal image.
"Neandertal faces tend to have much bigger noses," said Briana Pobiner, a paleoanthropologist at the Smithsonian Human Origins Program. "Big noses were good for humidifying and warming glacial, ice age air."