Australopithecus sediba is a species of early human from the early Pleistocene, living about 2 million years ago. The species is know from skeleton discoveries in the Malapa Fossil Site in South Africa. This 3d printed replica from a collection at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg is life-sized at approximate dimensions of 180 x 130 x 102 millimeters and is in one of approximately 220 fragments of the species collected to date . A. sediba was first discovered by paleoanthropologist Lee Berger’s nine-year-old son in August, 2008. This meticulously crafted replica was 3d printed from a digital scan provided by MorphoSource (Duke University).  The 3d model was printed in opalescent white PLA (polylactic acid) thermoplastic with an infill density of approximately 60%.
The discovery of A. sediba is a fantastic example of children making real scientific discoveries and represents the primary focus of LXS. We believe that every child is a natural scientist, capable of making new discoveries and creating new science. Our core mission in ensuring that every child sees themselves as a scientist and scientifically minded.