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APRIL 2005
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Photo captions by Peter Gwin
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One Big Bone Yard
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

In a pit at the Dmanisi excavation, Marc Meyer, at right, and Dato Taktakishvili set aside their digging tools to examine the skull of a hominin, or human ancestor, buried among a jumble of animal bones. The skull, one of four found at the site, belonged to a member of Homo erectus, a species with a brain about half the size of a modern human's. Archaeologists here have also excavated more than 5,000 animal bones, ranging from saber-toothed cats to extinct ancestors of elephants and giraffes.

Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm, f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/8 @ f/5.6

Weather Conditions: Cool and cloudy
Time of Day: Morning
Lighting Techniques: Tungsten-daylight mix

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