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Fossil hominids from Dmanisi
Baab, Karen L. Department of Anatomical Sciences, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York.
- Skeletal morphology
- Evolutionary implications
- Additional Reading
Archeological excavations of the medieval town of Dmanisi, Georgia, starting in the early 1980s revealed the presence of fossilized fauna and stone tools of prehistoric antiquity (Fig. 1). These fossils, including the remains of at least five early human (hominid) individuals, have been dated to the Plio-Pleistocene boundary (1.7–1.8 million years ago [Ma]). The discovery of human ancestors outside of Africa at such an early date was an unexpected discovery that challenged previously held notions about the nature of the first migration of early humans out of Africa.
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