1.8 million year old tooth found in Georgia


Emma Brinke

A research student found a tooth pre-dating to 1.77 – 1.84 million years old, showing that the first Hominions, species or Homo Erectus to ever come here outside of Africa. The student, Jack Peart, found the tooth in Ozomani Village near Dmanisi. Other archeological skeletons are found there where the first one was found in the 1990s -2000s. Other things that had also been found are bones of extinct species and stone tools.

It was analyzed by a team of archeologists and confirmed that it was true. This is proof that Georgia is the first place early migrated from, but also that other skeletons and perceived extinct animals had been there. This is a pretty good discovery to think about.

Also with a jawbone discovered by paleoanthropologists, these Homonioneds did not have the best life with their teeth.  Ann Margvelashvili found that with modern hunter gatherings from Greenland, it was confirmed to be a teenage Dmanisi and the tooth looks like it belonged to this Dmanisi, who was in a great amount of pain. Lots of cavities and a dental infection that damaged the jawbone could be a cause of death. This was a sign that with not many tools, they had to use their teeth to crack bones for marrow. And looking back on the other Homo’s remains they had plaque on everyone. In Margvelashvili’s words, “leaving them on a road to toothlessness.”

But let’s be honest – dating back to 1.76 million years ago you can’t be that surprised by it.