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Paleoanthropology: 'Stunning find' in Georgia (Asia) Homo erectus 1.8million year old complete skull

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Coverage of the unearthing of complete skull of homo erectus near Dmanisi, Southern Georgia, which may cause a re-think of the categorisation of the various named branches of the ape/human family tree.

Homo erectus is thought to have emerged around 2.4million years ago and I understand that we have only had bone fragments previously which have had to be reassembled/modelled but this find includes an entire skull and may give us enough information to be able to tighten up the categories of early human.

'"Nobody has ever seen such a well-preserved skull from this period," said Christoph Zollikofer, a professor at Zurich University's Anthropological Institute, who worked on the remains. "This is the first complete skull of an adult early Homo. They simply did not exist before," he said. Homo is the genus of great apes that emerged around 2.4m years ago and includes modern humans.'

Skull of Homo erectus throws story of human evolution into disarray | Science | theguardian.com


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