News & AnalysisPaleoanthropology

Stunning Skull Gives a Fresh Portrait of Early Humans

Science  18 Oct 2013:
Vol. 342, Issue 6156, pp. 297-298
DOI: 10.1126/science.342.6156.297

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An iconic new skull from Dmanisi, Georgia, dated to 1.8 million years ago, presents a new face for our genus Homo. The stunningly complete skull of an adult man has a surprisingly primitive, protruding upper jaw, and a tiny braincase. Combined with skulls found earlier at Dmanisi, it suggests that ancient people from the same time and place could look quite different from each other.