Presentation of the Hominin’s bust created according to the complete skull from Dmanisi

13 November 2015

Presentation of the Hominin's bust created according to the complete skull from Dmanisi archaeological site by the well known paleo-artist John Anthony Gurche will take place on November 14 at 4 p.m. Event is part of the International Science and Innovation Week 2015.

The bust represents precise scientific reconstruction of the human living 1.8 million years ago and was made according to the complete 5th skull from Dmanisi. Its brain volume is the smallest (546 cm3) compared to other skulls discovered in Dmanisi which is approximately 1/3 of the modern human brain. It has the Massive, protruded face and big teeth. This Sample is the only perfectly preserved skull of an adult individual, which allowed the scientists to conduct comprehensive research.

Unique collection of skulls from Dmanisi allows scientists to observe and study population dating back 1.8 million years. Information about the Dmanisi discoveries has been under the spotlight for the numerous times and in different media such as: Science, Independent, National Geographic, Le Figaro, New York Times, BBC, CNN, Guardian and etc. "A complete Skull from Dmanisi, Georgia, and the Evolutionary Biology of Early Homo" was the title of an article published in Science magazine in 2013. The article was contributed by the Georgian scientists David Lordkipanidze, Abesalom Vekua and Ann Margvelashvili. It has to be noted, that the paleoanthropological find in Dmanisi was assigned a third place in the world's top 10 archaeological discoveries of 2000.

Of prime importance in the John Gurche's work are scientific accuracy and a high degree of realism that will transport the viewer in time. Gurche's academic training is in paleontology and anthropology and his work is backed up with a number of ongoing research efforts, including studies in primate anatomy and of fossil collections around the world.

Author's award winning work can be seen at the Smithsonian, the Field Museum, and the American Museum of Natural History. His work on the reconstruction of human ancestors has been featured in television documentaries by the National Geographic, the Smithsonian, and the BBC. He is also well known for his work on the film "Jurassic Park".

The Hominin's bust was created and transported to Georgia with the financial support of the Silknet. Since the day of its establishment Silknet intensively supports different educational and scientific initiatives. In 2012, with the support of Silknet, the Georgian editorial of famous American magazine the National Geographic has started to operate in Georgian language.

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