Humans may have lived outside Africa hundreds of thousands of years earlier than first thought, fossilised evidence suggests.

A skull found by scientists in Georgia has been dated back 1.8 million years - about 800,000 years before the first humans were thought to have left the region.The skull was one of five remains of primitive humans found at the Dmanisi archaeological site, south-west of the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, the British Science Festival heard on Tuesday.

The fossils, two males and three females, are understood to be early Homo erectus, a forerunner of modern human. Please click to continue this article...

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