August 24, 2005
Old Head

Fark (with a suitably giggly headline) linked up news of a remarkable hominid fossil find:

Archaelogists say they have found a 1.8 million-year-old Homo erectus skull in Georgia, the oldest such skull to be found in Europe. According to David Lortkipanidze, director of the Georgian National Museum, the skull was found August 6 and excavated on August 21 in Dmanisi, about 85 km southwest of Tblisi.

According to the article, this makes the find a full one million years older than any previous H. erectus skull found in Europe, and is indeed within a few hundred thousand years of the oldest H. erectus finds anywhere. If further testing holds this result up, the implications for hominid migration theories will be profound.

Posted by scott at August 24, 2005 08:56 AM

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