Excavations at Dmanisi, Georgia yielded 5 hominin individuals and other fauna fossils, along with Oldowan Stone Age artifacts, all dating 1.77 MYA. This is the earliest hominin discovery in Eurasia.
One of the most intriguing finds was of an elderly person who had lived for some time without teeth. To survive in such a condition this oldster must have lived in a supportive social group.
The first fossils found led to declaration of a new species: H. georgicus. Finding further fossils revised that to a proclamation with far-reaching implications as to hominin classification.