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The most complete hominid skull yet found


Archaeologists working in Dmanisi, Georgia, have unearthed five 1.8-million-year-old skulls, including one of the most complete hominid skulls ever found.

A co-author of the study, Christoph Zollikofer from the Anthropological Institute and Museum in Zurich, Switzerland, said that if the braincase and the face of “Skull 5” had been found as separate fossils at different sites in Africa, they might have been attributed to different species.

“That’s because Skull 5 unites some key features, like the tiny braincase and large face, which had not been observed together in an early Homo fossil until now.

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Story: Melissa Hogenboom, BBC News | Photo: Georgian National Museum

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