Homo Georgicus, a Type of Hominid

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Approximately 2.0 million years ago several findings regarding early human ancestors were made in East Africa. Some of these discoveries were made along lakeshores and beaches. Here paleoanthropologists discovered large male structures. And ever since, new discoveries of these hominids, as they are called, have been made every year all over the world. Paleoanthropologists have come to the agreement that these hominids that were found in Africa are all members of the genus Homo, and with some morphological differences among them, there are taxonomic debates that focus on how many hominid species actually existed. Many of the evidence excavators have collected goes to a type of hominid known as Homo erectus; however, those discoveries that were made in different parts of the world have made way to other types of hominids (Jurmain, page 297). Therefore, in the following paragraphs I’m going to mainly focus on one particular type of hominid that is known as Homo georgicus, and I’m going to discuss the interesting findings and aspects that lie behind this specific hominid.

It is estimated that about 1.75 to 1.8 mya Homo georgicus made its first appearance into the world. The first discoveries of H. georgicus were made in the year 2001, in Dmanisi, a site located in the Republic of Georgia (“Hominid Species”). The first person to discover H. georgicus was a scientist named David Lordkipanidze. He assumed that the discoveries he had made were remains of another hominid specie known as Homo ergaster, however, later in 2002 this hominid was given a name of its own (Jones, pages 243-251).

Several interesting fossil remains of H. georgicus were found in Dmanisi. The fossils discovered in 2001 consisted of a complete skull, which in fact was in good condition that included a lower jaw. It had a “less-robust and thinner browridge, a projecting lower face, and relatively large upper canine” (Jurmain, page 302). This skull was around 600cc and was said to be one of the...
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