Now anyone can download the bones of the recently discovered human ancestor, Homo naledi, and create their own 3D-printed fossil replicas thanks to 'MorphoSource.' Project Rising Star has 86 fossil specimens that it has scanned and uploaded to the opensource site for anyone to gain access to. The fossil replicas that can be made include pieces of the skull, teeth and arms.
Anthropologists, scientists and teachers alike are all thrilled about this step forward as it makes teaching, learning and getting excited about archaeology easier. To present this less than a month after the fossils' discovery was announced is unprecedented. Regularly, it would take several years and hundreds of dollars to get a cast of a fossil like this. The example that the Rising Star Expedition has set will likely lead to a wider availability of fossils for the public's educational use.