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Palaeoanthropology

Small-brained and big-mouthed

A complete hominin cranium found at the archaeological site of Dmanisi shows remarkably primitive morphology, prompting its discoverers to propose that early forms of the genus Homo evolved as a single, highly variable lineage.

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Figure 1: A new cranium from Dmanisi.

a, GURAM BUMBIASHVILI/GEORGIAN NATL MUS.

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Spoor, F. Small-brained and big-mouthed. Nature 502, 452–453 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1038/502452a

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