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Friday, May 14, 2010


  Do you have a little time to kill and the desire to see what paleolithic you would look like?

  Well, The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History has an app for that.

  The MEanderthal application, currently avaialble for iPhone and Android phones enables users to upload photos of themselves and see what they would look like way back in time. Users add a few markers, choose which species of early man they wish to become and voila! cave time!.

  Paleo-artist John Gurche created the photos using fossils from early humans so one can magically morph into species including Homo floriensis (95,000 to 17,000 years ago) , Homo neanderthalensis (200,000 to 28,000 years ago) , and Homo heidelbergensis (700,000 to 200,000 years ago). It has become known recently that modern non-africans carry between 1 and 4 percent of Neanderthal genes from early Homo sapiens sapiens mating with other hominids.
  The app is a portable version of an exhibit at the Smithsonian. Creators noticed how many kids where fascinated with the interactive exhibit and decided that iPhone could broaden the reach of a teaching tool that connects us to our ancestors. Plus it's awesome.

  Mobile phones have enabled all sorts of time-wasters, but this one offers more than just something to make one howl after a few spliffs. This is more than a toy, but something you can do with your kids, especially if you can't take them to the Museum located in Washington, DC. And don't worry about whipping out your credit card, because this little diversion is FREE.

  So drag your knuckles on over HERE and score some prehistoric fun today.

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