Welcome to our 3D collection of fossil casts. The purpose of this collection is to allow you to view your favorite objects from our David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins and to help you share your museum experience with your friends and family. Before our exhibit opened, the objects on display were either CT or laser scanned. The scanning process enabled Human Origins Progam staff to generate 3D models of each object that you can view, rotate, and interact with online. It may take a minute or two to load depending on your computer, but after it is loaded you will be able to move the 3D object around by holding down the left-click button and moving your mouse.


3D models of all specimens in our 3D Collection that are owned and curated by the Smithsonian Institution (i.e., Primates, Other Animals) are available for download for non-commercial use only. Please go to the "Contact Us" page on this website, choose "Ask a question" from the drop-down menu under Category choice below, and paste "3D model download access" in the subject line of your message. Please also cut and past the URL of the 3D object(s) for reference in your message so we know which object you are interested in obtaining the 3D model of. We will respond to your request within a few weeks. Please note that the 3D models of Fossil Hominins and Artifacts are not available for download. These are copies of specimens and objects that are owned and curated by other museums/institutions; thus, we do not distribute these data.


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ENJOY! And check back again often as we add more 3D models of fossils, artifacts, primates and other animals!!