Georgian archaeologists have found a tooth that belonged to a prehistoric human species 1.8 million years ago.
That’s an old tooth
That was a very long time ago, so it really doesn’t need to be stated twice. This makes the discovery all the more exciting.
The discovery demonstrates that Georgia undoubtedly contained one of the earliest prehistoric human settlements in Europe, possibly even outside of Africa.
The teeth were discovered in a town named Orozmani, around 100 kilometres from the capital city of Tbilisi.
Human skulls from the same time period were also found in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
It would seem that the area is home to a number of exciting and historic items.
The scientific community’s understanding of early human migration patterns and evolution was altered when those skulls were found in a region known as Dmanisi.
The discovery of this tooth at the new location, which is roughly 20 kilometres away, provides additional evidence that the southern Caucasus mountains of Georgia were one of the first stopping locations for early human migration out of Africa.
The National Research Centre of Archaeology and Prehistory of Georgia announced the historic discovery by saying: “The oldest concentration of ancient humans — or early Homo — outside of Africa is located in Orozmani and Dmanisi.
The tooth appears to belong to a “relative” of Zezva and Mzia, names given to the skulls discovered a number of years ago, according to scientist Giorgi Bidzinashvili, who led the excavation crew.
British archaeology student Jack Peart revealed that he was the one who actually removed the tooth from the ground “The ramifications are huge, not only for this location but also for Georgia and the history of how people migrated out of Africa 1.8 million years ago.
“It firmly establishes Georgia as a truly crucial location for paleoanthropology and the history of humanity in general.”
However, the world’s oldest early human fossils are significantly older than this.
An incomplete jawbone from about 2.8 million years old was found in Ethiopia.
I find it difficult to imagine, too.
the notion of early humans walking about three million years ago.
Most scientists concur that about 2.1 million years ago, early humans, specifically a species known as Homo Erectus, began to travel out of Africa.
Although China has produced tools that date back that far, the Georgian remnants are the earliest ever discovered outside of Africa.