Photo gallery : President of Chad donates replica of Toumai skull to UNESCO

The President of Chad, Idriss Deby Itno, today presented a cast of the Toumai fossil cranium, the oldest hominine remains found to date, to UNESCO. The presentation was made at a ceremony with the Organization’s Director-General, Irina Bokova.

The Toumai cranium, whose Goran language name means “hope of life”, was found in northern Chad on 19 July 2001. The seven million-year-old hominine cranium led to a major shift in paleoanthropological thinking which had previously identified East Africa as the cradle of humanity.