Archaeologists from Georgia discovered a human tooth that is 1.8 million years old.
According to Reuters, the tooth was discovered near Orozmani in Omanis. There, human skulls dating back to the same time were also found in the 1990s as well as the 2000s.
According to Reuters, the skulls discovered in Dmanisi were the oldest known of their kind outside of Africa when they were first discovered.
Reuters reported that the recent discovery of a human tooth near Orozmani provides more evidence that early humans might have moved to the South Caucasus region first after leaving Africa.
According to Reuters, the National Research Center of Archaeology and Prehistory of Georgia announced Thursday the discovery of the tooth.
The center announced that Orozmani and Dmanisi represent the center of oldest distribution of old people – or early Homo– in the world.
Jack Peart, a British student in archaeology who discovered the tooth near Orozmani, said that the implications of the discovery are “enormous.”
He told Reuters that it “solidifies Georgia as a truly important place for paleoanthropology, and the human story in particular.”
According to Reuters, scientists believe early humans migrated out of Africa around 2 million years ago.
One of the oldest human fossils, a partial jaw, was found in Ethiopia today. It dates back to approximately 2.8 million years ago.