Social and socio-
Ontogeny and symbolism
Photogallery of fossil skulls
This photogallery of fossil hominid skulls provides views of some of the key specimens and morphological changes discussed in the Handbook. Two other excellent sources for photos are Michael Day's (1986 edition) Guide to fossil man (University of Chicago Press) and Eric Delson's (1995) Ancestors: the hard evidence (Alan R. Liss, New York).
Hominid taxonomy is seemingly in a perpetual state of flux.
Some notes alerting the reader to major classifactory changes
are provided in the introductory chapter by Campbell, the
editorial appendices to Holloway's chapter, and the epilogue
chapter by Peters. Both the stability and the change
characteristic of palaeoanthropology over the past few decades
are testimony to the field's maturation.
Copyright restrictions prevent us reproducing any of the Handbook illustrations of key specimens here. The following thumbnail sketches will link you to images collated by Jim Foley at his Fossil Hominids pages in the Talk.Origins Archive. Click on any picture for a larger version
Note that this caption to the figures identifies each specimen, not each species. So what is 'OH 24' or 'ER 1813' and so on? There is no one convention adopted universally for identifying individual specimens. 'OH 24' results from the field notes of the fossil finder, who listed it as 'Olduvai (place found) Hominid (its a hominid, not just a primate), specimen number 24: 'ER 1813' is a shorthand for 'KNM-ER 1813', Kenya National Museuem (where the original is kept) East Rudolf (where it was found) 1833 (catalogue number of the specimen in the museum's collection.
See also the animated skull collection at the American Museuem of Natural History