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The face of Skull 5. Credit: Guram Bumbiashvili, Georgian National Museum

The face of Skull 5. Credit: Guram Bumbiashvili, Georgian National Museum

A complete 1.8 million year old skull found from Dmanisi, Georgia could be evidence that early hominids are actually all members of a single species. Researchers published their analysis in Science today and argue that the skull’s combination of primitive and more evolved features, such as a small braincase (546 cubic cm) with a large prognathic face.., Similar morphological affinities with the earliest known Homo fossils from Africa, which make it difficult to classify by now accepted definitions of early hominid species.

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