The Dikika Child: Implications for Functional Foot Anatomy

This research project developed a methodology to use biomedical visualization techniques in reconstructing fossil specimens of human ancestry. A 3D animation was created that depicts the story and foot anatomy of the juvenile Australopithecus afarensis specimen popularly known as “Selam” or “The Dikika Child.” This visualization may help researchers observe subtle features that characterize the history of human locomotion.