One way to understand how modern-day humans have evolved from their ancestors is to compare bone and tooth growth in people today with growth patterns

in early humans.




Scientists working in the field of human paleobiomics use high-powered microscopes and three-dimensional digital imaging software to compare bone and tooth samples from modern-day humans with remains from ancestral humans who lived hundreds of thousands and even millions of years ago.


Microscopic Art


When scientists creatively alter colors with digital imaging to highlight tiny details in bones and teeth, they can create images
of startling beauty. Human paleobiomics expert Dr. Timothy Bromage, a professor at New York University College of Dentistry, created an art exhibit from such images. Here are some images from his exhibit, Óseos Cosmos (roughly translated as
the “Skeletal Cosmos”), which has been shown in museums in Greece and Spain.

Microscopes and Digital Imaging


The microscopes allow scientists to see tiny but important details in bones and teeth. And the digital imaging allows scientists to creatively alter colors to highlight these features.

Bone Growth

Did you know that your bones are growing and changing all the time?

In fact, your bones started growing even before you were born.




© 2014 Human Paleobiomics Hard Tissue Research Program by T.G. Bromage and F. Schrenk

© 2014 Human Paleobiomics Hard Tissue Research Program