1.8 million year old human tooth discovered in Georgia
After a 1.8 million-year-old human skull found in the late 1990s and 2000s, scientists have now discovered a 1.8 million-year-old human tooth. The tooth was found last week by a researcher student near an excavation site in the village of Orozmani, 100 kilometers southwest of Georgia’s capital Tbilisi.
Changed understanding of migration patterns
The area is located near Damanisi, where 1.8 million-year-old human skulls were found in the late 1990s and 2000s. Archaeologists believe that the area has recently been fortified as the home of the earliest prehistoric human settlements in Europe, possibly somewhere outside Africa. Reuters reports that the discovery in Damanisi changed scientists’ understanding of early human evolution and migration patterns.
Humans settled after leaving Africa
The latest discovery, according to experts, was at an isolated site just 20 kilometers from Damanisi, providing further evidence that the South Caucasus region was probably one of the first places that early humans settled after their departure from Africa. . Georgia’s National Research Center for Archeology and Prehistory said, “Orozmani, along with Damanisi, represents the center of the earliest distribution of older humans – or early hominids – in the world outside Africa.”
One of the oldest evidence of the human species
Georgy Kopliani, an archaeologist at the Georgian National Museum, is quoted by USA Today as saying, “He showed the tooth to the Georgian National Museum team leading the excavation. Then we contacted our paleontologist and they confirmed it was a hominin tooth. ” According to Kopliani, the tooth discovered last week is one of the oldest evidence of an early human species found outside Africa.
Something like this found in excavation last year
The excavation drive at Orozmani was started by Kopliani in 2019. In 2020, the work was halted for some time due to the Corona epidemic. When excavations resumed last year, archaeologists were stunned after finding prehistoric stone tools and remains of extinct species such as saber-toothed cats and Etruscan wolves.
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Jack Peart got a tooth, watch video
British archeology student Jack Peart, who first found the tooth at Orozmani, said the discovery cemented the site as an important site for human history in the nation of Georgia and the continent of Africa. ,