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Georgian Skull Find

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Glimpse of an Ancient Ecosystem
Photograph by Gouram Tsibakhashvili

Excavators led by David Lordkipanidze of the Georgian State Museum (in blue vest) examined stone tools and fossil deer antlers at Dmanisi. The team has found fossils of as many as six individual hominids here, as well as saber-toothed cats, giraffes, ostriches, rhinos, wolves, deer, and many other animals. Dmanisi gives scientists a rare opportunity to reconstruct an early human population’s environment, from climate to predator-prey relationships.

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