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Friday, May 7
At the end of the twentieth century Georgian archaeologists and paleontologists discovered the remains of "Homo Erectus", one of the earliest forms of man, in the ancient settlement of Dmanisi in the south of Georgia. French anthropologists restored the habitus of the two specimens on the basis of the discovered parts of their skeletons and gave them Georgian names: the woman they called Mzia, the man Zezva. Dating back 1.8 million years they are considered the oldest residents of the Eurasian continent.

The fossils themselves are closer to those of more ancient African human progenitors than modern humans. With brains about half the size of modern humans, they were certainly not great intellectuals. But they are still likely to have been the first to make the journey from Africa – which has resulted in their popular nickname “the first Europeans”.

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