Homo Georgicus – The Skull from the Cradle of the First Europeans

Date: 11 Oct. 2018 – 18 Nov. 2018

 "Homo Georgicus - The Skull from the Cradle of the First Europeans"

October 11 - November 18, 2018

Frankfurt am Main, Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN)

In the framework of the Frankfurt International Book Fair Guest of Honor program, with the initiative of The Government of Georgia and The Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia, Georgian National Museum displays three exhibitions and educational programs in the fall of 2018. The exhibitions presented in different museums of Frankfurt aims to represent the history of human evolution from the prehistoric epoch to the ancient period on the territory of Georgia and the Caucasus.


Georgia is guest of honor 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.

Photo credit: Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia.