Museum Frankfurt

Temporary Exhibitions

Homo georgicus

Temporary Exhibition, Senckenberg Museum of Natural History, Frankfurt
11. October 2018 – 18. November 2018

SchädelGeorgia is guest of honour at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair. On this occasion, the Senckenberg Natural History Museum in Frankfurt, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia, is putting an exceptional fossil on display.

The oldest known human remains found outside of Africa were discovered in Georgia. They are believed to be 1.8 million years old and are therefore considered the ancestors of the first Europeans.

Five well-preserved skulls from the same stratum are of particular scientific importance, since they show a mixture of anatomical characteristics that had previously been assigned to different species of early hominids. This spectacular discovery supports the hypothesis that only one single early hominid species with a high level of intra-specific variation existed at the beginning of the early expansion from Africa.

The best-preserved of these fossils, “Skull 5,” is on display in the Treasure Chamber of the Senckenberg Natural History Museum in Frankfurt.
This is the first time that the world’s most intact fossil hominid skull, complete with its lower jaw, will be shown outside of Georgia.

The presentation of this unique original skull will be accompanied by a media presentation of the Dmanisi excavation site and the paleontological work at that location.


Figure 1: Portrait of the Dmanisi-Skull Nr. 5. Copyright: Guram Bumbiashvili, National museum Georgia