National Geographic : 2002 Aug
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC RESEARCH AND EXPLORATION By Rick Gore Photographs by Gouram Tsibahlhashvili This is that's changing a thousand minds. It could be the face of the And it's not what anyone expected. 'rhis 175-1 -nlion year-o.l.d pioneer, found last year beneath the ruins of a..n,1.ecl.:ieva town called. I)n-1anisi in the republic of ( ieorgia, had a tiny brain not dearly the size sc eiltists t oug h.t OL[ ancestors needed. to nmiglrate into a 11e 1f land. And its huge canine teeth and. thin browiook too apelike for an advanced 1o .1iinli1, the group that includes modern hLI.I:1mlans and their ancestors. Along with other fossils and tools found at the site, this skull. reopens so many questions about (.) u r ancestry that one scientist muttered: "T11ey ought to put it back in the ground."