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Homo neanderthalensis by TheMorlock Homo neanderthalensis by TheMorlock
This took me a long time to finish. I've drawn many prehistoric animals but not a lot of prehistoric humans so I thought I'd have a go. Clothing and face paint is based on archaeological evidence of earth pigments and feathers found at neanderthal sites. This would probably be some kind of ceremonial outfit rather than everyday wear. Perhaps she's some kind of holy woman? We do have reason to believe that neanderthals and even more primitive human species had some form of religion or spirituality.
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Ryan-Bowers Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
The details on this are fucking incredible, I need to learn how to draw people properly
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Student General Artist
Thanks. People are hard.
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KaprosuchusDragon Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016
but wouldnt it make more sence of it was Homo Sapiens Neanderthalensis cause mating between H. s. sapiens and H. s. Neanderthalensis because their children weren't sterile and they could mate and get children who then could mate
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2016  Student General Artist
I don't decide these things.
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KaprosuchusDragon Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2016
mm..
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Crowford210 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Student Artist
I see neanderthals as real dwarfs. Short, stocky,rough. All you need to give them is sick mining skills.
Excellent drawing!
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Student General Artist
Thank you. I have also noted the resemblance.
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Helixdude Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's a woman?! Well she is a Neanderthal, and a very good picture of one.
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016  Student General Artist
Thanks. :)
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Helixdude Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
While she is DEFINATELY not my kind of woman, i still find her beautiful in her own way.
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016  Student General Artist
Good! I wanted her to look like someone a Homo sapiens male might conceivably have sex with without sacrificing accuracy to neanderthal anatomy and physiology.
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Helixdude Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In the Stone Age you have to scrape the bottom of the barrel.
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Student General Artist
You do, and those winters are long, cold and miserable, and you're still pretty upset about your brother getting eaten alive by hyenas as you watched helplessly from your tree so you need a distraction.
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snugglesthedinosaur Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
What would the face paint be made out of?
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Student General Artist
Black ochre, red ochre, and white clay.
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snugglesthedinosaur Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
O dang you were ready for that
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Student General Artist
I did my research. ;)
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snugglesthedinosaur Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
lol
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Dinomaster337 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's a woman?!?!?
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Student General Artist
Yes!
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Dinomaster337 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, you didn'tget the reference. :( Also, it really doesn't look feminine. At first, I thought it was a dude. Though I guess Neanderthals weren't as dimorphic, maybe?
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Student General Artist
Not as much, no. Also I'm not sure what sex the skeletal reference was. What is it about it that looks unfeminine to you?
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Dinomaster337 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm just not used to a primate so closely related to humans not be sexually dimorphic; I'm used to how modern humans look more so than Neanderthals. The first thing I noticed was the pot belly, I didn't pay attention to any other features. I just trusted myself that it was a man, so I didn't notice the boobs (for lack of a better term)
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Student General Artist
I actually made an attempt to give her a somewhat pretty face within the neanderthal skull structure, but it ended up being obscured by face paint. Most of the female neanderthal reconstructions I've seen online have curve-less bodies but with prominent breasts.
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Dinomaster337 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's still a good picture though.
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016  Student General Artist
Thanks.
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Dinomaster337 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I also thought the face paint was a mustache.
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grisador Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016
Amazing work ! :wow:

Its finally time to people see the true Neanderthals; not cannibalistic barbarians but only a normal Human species
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Student General Artist
Exactly! Though some likely did practice cannibalism.
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grisador Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016
Really ?!
Well; if its dead cannibalism (eating their dead in the extremely dire situations like Famine and/or Diseases) they would be 'exactly' same with humans ! 
I mean... Humans (well Sapiens) too has a huge history of Canniblism; and definetly not a peaceful one :B

Althrough No Neanderthal could ever be achieve the Level of Homo gautengensis and Australopithecus sediba in Cannibalism.


I mean ıts not very much Suprising after thinking it; but truly shocking at first time. :o
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Student General Artist
Very true.
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grisador Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016
Thanks ! :)


One more word; Cannibalism sounds like norm at Papua new Guienia ! (Lol :D)
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Student General Artist
That is also true.
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grisador Featured By Owner Edited Nov 3, 2016
Thanks :)


Also Congrats for your first Prehistoric Human Artwork !
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016  Student General Artist
Thank you. :)
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megabass22 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome.
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Student General Artist
Thanks.
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Midiaou Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Back with a bang. And a big one it is!
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Student General Artist
Thanks. :)
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Ceratopsia Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing.
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016  Student General Artist
Thanks. :)
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Ceratopsia Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.
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D-Juan Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016  Student General Artist
Morlock is back!!!! And not even with a regular drawing, but a very original concept and improved techniques!
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016  Student General Artist
Thank you. :)
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WSnyder Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is simply fantastic what you've done here. I only have one criticism (potentially) and that would be: to my knowledge, we only have evidence of black ochre for Neanderthals, so your inclusion of reddish/orange ochre is something that stands out to me. Do you know of any research associating Neanderthals with red ochre? 

They certainly could have used it even without evidence for it, but I am intrigued about your choice.
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AnonymousLlama428 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not :iconthemorlock:, but apparently Neanderthal bowls from Romania have traces of red ochre in them. Apparently it appears to be paired with a black substance (resin I think) as well:
www.researchgate.net/publicati…
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WSnyder Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I am actually already somewhat familiar with the evidence coming out of Romania, but I think there has been trouble with people accepting the pairing of the artefacts/ochre and the Neanderthal remains. There is a reason you see a lot of the articles sort of stuck in smaller publications (not that this is a just response to fresh ideas/evidence, but, yeah, gotta hold up your hands sometimes). 

Anyway, he already provided some great experimental/archaeological evidence, which I think is pretty reasonable. But I am not an archaeometrist (I had coursework in it last winter semester and it wasn't my best work, I must admit), so I can not truly comment on the validity of their analyses. 

I am willing to accept the possibility of Neanderthals adorning themselves in body paint :)
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016  Student General Artist
Thank you! I don't remember where I heard it first, but here's a handful of results that come up when I google "neanderthals red ochre": popular-archaeology.com/issue/… www.pnas.org/content/109/6/188… phys.org/news/2012-01-team-evi… sciencythoughts.blogspot.ca/20… www.jstor.org/stable/2741829?s…

Evidence of human use of red ochre goes as far back as Homo erectus.
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WSnyder Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting, and thank you for the links (and links from legitimate sources at that!) Interesting to see that Wil Roebroeks was lead on this research (I saw him give a lecture a few months back, some real fascinating stuff about fire :D ). 

Anyway, the problem is that this is still fairly indirect evidence. It seems highly likely based on the Roebroeks 2012 study. Clearly there is something by way of an association between Neanderthals and ochre (and red ochre specifically). But how it was used is conjecture (note how it can be used for hafting and other processes that are not decorative). And use by Homo erectus... well, I think people who say there is evidence for that are probably a minority in our field (at least the ones I have met and speak openly about figments of so-called 'behavioral modernity'). 

Nonetheless, it appears that you still have justification for the red ochre, so I happily retract my original critique. 

And thank you for producing art defined just as much by evidence as by creativity :) You are great at your craft. 
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