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Mrs. Ples

Up until it ceased operations in 1978, the Wenner-Gren Foundation's casting program, "Anthro-Cast," made high-quality, epoxy resin casts of  unique fossil specimens (such as Sterkfontein 5 Cranium, "Mrs. Ples") available to institutions and individuals scientists throughout the world.  These extremely accurate reproductions helped foster the documentation of the Hominidae fossil record and promoted teaching of the nature and significance of the major biological and behavioral transformations in human evolution.