New Delhi, 12 September. An ancient tooth was discovered near the village of Urozmani, about 100 kilometers southwest of the capital Tbilisi, according to Georgia’s National Research Center for Archeology and Prehistory. Stone Age tools and animal remains have been found in the ancient ruins of Urojmani, but this is the first time Homo erectus has been found there.
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Urojmani village is located near the town of Damanisi, where a human skull dating back 1.8 million years was found in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
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Archaeologists say the recent discovery of a human tooth 20 kilometers from Damanisi provides further evidence that the South Caucasus Mountains may have been one of the first places where early humans settled in Africa.
According to a statement issued by Georgia’s National Research Center for Archeology and Prehistory, “the region of Urozmani and Damanisi may mark the earliest human or early human settlements or centers outside Africa.”
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The head of the excavation team, Georgy Bedzinashvili, told reporters that he believed the tooth belonged to a “cousin” of Jizwa and Mizya. These two names were given to the two 18 lakh year old skulls found in Damanisi.
“The discovery will have implications not only for the region and Georgia, but also for the history of early man,” says Jack Pert, a British archeology student who discovered the tooth at Urojmani. “It will strengthen Georgia’s place in human history,” he said.
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The oldest human fossils anywhere in the world date back to about 28 million years ago. It was a partial jaw, which was discovered in modern Ethiopia.
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