Archaeologists from Georgia have discovered a tooth that belongs to an early species of human from 1.8 million years ago.
It doesn’t really need saying twice, but that is a seriously long time ago, making this a really cool discovery.
The find also shows that Georgia must have been home to one of the oldest prehistoric human settlements in Europe, maybe even outside Africa.
The tooth was found about 100 kilometres from the capital city of Tbilisi, in a village called Orozmani.
In that same area, human skulls from around the same period were discovered in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
There’s a lot of really old and cool stuff in the region, it would certainly seem.
When those skulls were discovered in a place called Dmanisi, they served to change the scientific community’s grasp on early human migration patterns and evolution.
Now, at the new site about 20 kilometres away they’ve found this tooth, further proving that the area in Georgia’s mountainous southern Caucasus region was one of the first stopping off points for humans as they migrated out of Africa all of those years ago.
In a statement announcing the historic find, the National Research Centre of Archaeology and Prehistory of Georgia said: “Orozmani, together with Dmanisi, represents the centre of the oldest distribution of old humans – or early Homo – in the world outside Africa.”