Professor D. Lodrkipanidze comparing the new finding in the basalt layer with a scull unearthed two years ago
Image Credit: Georgian National Museum
David Lordkipanidze, who won a Rolex Award in 2004 for his plans to expand exploration of the earliest known settlement outside Africa, has made more discoveries at the archaeological site underneath the medieval village of Dmanisi, in southeast Georgia.
The discoveries of the 1.77-million-year-old skeletons of three adults and a teenager show that they have legs and feet adapted for long-distance walking and running, similar to those of modern humans, but have hands and arms similar to those of our tree-dwelling ancestors. The ancient Dmanisi inhabitants, who have some human features and some ape-like features, share characteristics with both Homo erectus, originally thought to be the first Homo species to migrate from Africa to Europe, and Homo habilis, the oldest species with human attributes found in Africa.Image credit: Rolex Awards, Video
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