Handmade Zinj Keychain


Show your love of paleoanthropology with this handmade pewter “Zinj” keychain. This Paranthropus boisei skull is accurately reproduced from nature and is painstakingly hand carved and cast in genuine pewter.

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Show your love of paleoanthropology with this handmade keychain. This handmade Paranthropus boisei skull keychain is a miniature reproduction of the famous “Zinj” skull discovered by the Leakeys in 1959. It is painstakingly hand carved and cast in genuine pewter.

Dimensions (not including keyring): 3.2 cm long (including loop) X 2.2 cm wide X 2.4 cm tall

It also comes with a small clip so it can be used as a zipper pull.

About Paranthropus boisei 

The type specimen of Paranthropus boisei  (OH 5) was discovered at Olduvai Gorge by famed paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey in 1959. It was originally named Zinjanthopus boisei or Zinj, and Louis and Mary Leakey affectionately nicknamed it “Dear Boy.” 

This ancient hominin lived 2.3 to 1.2 million years ago in Eastern Africa. P. boisei is characterized by a skull with adaptations for heavy chewing. It has a strong sagittal crest on the top of the skull which anchored the large chewing muscles needed to work the massive jaw. It had flared cheekbones, which gave it a wide face. P. boisei also had massive cheek teeth, which were four times larger than modern human teeth! 

Your purchase of this item helps The Leakey Foundation carry on Mary and Louis Leakey’s legacy of exploration and discovery.

Holiday Shipping Note: The last day for shipping holiday orders is December 15, 2017.

Additional information

Weight .25 lbs
Dimensions 1 x 1 x 1 in


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