Georgian archaeologists find 1.8-million-year-old human tooth

STORY: Georgian archaeologists found a 1.8-million-year-old tooth

belonging to an early species of human

Locator: Orozmani, Georgia

Experts say the discovery cements the region as the home

of one of the earliest prehistoric human settlements in Europe

(Jack Peart, British archaeology student) "The implications, not just for this site, but for Georgia itself and the story of humans leaving Africa 1.8 million years ago, the implications are enormous. It extends human occupation in this area from Dmanisi all the way over to here. It really solidifies Georgia as a really important place for paleoanthropology and the human story in general."

The tooth was unearthed near Dmanisi, where human skulls dated to 1.8 million years old

were found in the late 1990s and early 2000s

The Dmanisi finds were the oldest such discovery anywhere in the world outside Africa

The oldest Homo fossils date to around 2.8 million years ago

and were discovered in modern-day Ethiopia