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APRIL 2005
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Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

The discovery at Dmanisi of a Homo erectus thighbone and tibia (shown end to end below a modern human thighbone) allows scientists to estimate the height of this hominin—about four feet seven inches (one meter eighteen centimeters) tall. The thickness of the bones reveals that these early humans spent a lot of time hiking the surrounding Caucasus Mountains. "This individual wasn't large," observes scientist Martha Tappen, "but got lots of exercise."


Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome 64
Lens: Nikkor 28-70mm, f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: One second @ f/11

Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Midday
Lighting Techniques: Tungsten

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