Wilma, I'm Home

Illustration for article titled Wilma, I'm Home

Want to look into the eyes of our female ancestors? Meet Wilma, the first model of a Neanderthal based on DNA evidence and created by artists and scientists for the October issue of National Geographic. Wilma's creators used replicas of pelvis and skull bones from Neanderthal females as well as re-sized copies of male bones to create a replica skeleton. Wilma was also given red hair and pale skin to fit with recent findings that some Neanderthals were of the ginger variety (she was named after the redheaded Flintstones character). [Daily Mail & chiKa project]

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Uh, she's NOT our ancestor. There's no DNA evidence that interbreeding between Neanderthals and modern humans ever took place. Too bad; she'd be a great relative.