Leo Gabunia (1920–2001) was the leader of the Dmanisi team and the founder of Vertebrate Paleontology in the Caucusus and Paleoanthropology in Georgia. Dr. Gabunia also actively encouraged the development of Georgian Science and scientists, and fostered international cooperation. Dr. Gabunia became the Director of the Institute of Paleobiology, Tbilisi, in 1976 and the General-Secretary of the Georgian Academy of Sciences in 1988. He remained in both positions and continued as an active research scientist until his death in May 2001. During his career Dr. Gabunia published 300 papers and books on subjects ranging from dinosaurs to Quaternary fauna.
Susan Antón is a paleoanthropologist in the Center for Human Evolutionary Studies of the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University. She has studied various aspects of the evolution of the genus Homo, especially the morphology and dispersal of Asian H. erectus. She participated in the study of the hominid crania from Dmanisi.
David Lordikipanidze is the head of the Department of Geology and Paleontology at the Georgian State Museum, Tbilisi, Georgia. He coordinates projects in Dmanisi and in Udabno and participated in the study of all hominid remains from Dmanisi. He is on the editorial boards of European Prehistory, Archaeology, Ethnology, and Anthropology of Eurasia, and the Journal Of Human Evolution.
Abesalom Vekua is the head of the Department of Verterbrate Paleontology of the Institute of Paleobiology, Georgian Academy of Sciences. He has studied most of the quaternary localities of Georgia and participated in the study of all hominid remains from Dmanisi. He identified the Early Pleistocene age of the Dmanisi fauna in 1983.
Carl Swisher is a geochronologist in the Department of Geology, Rutgers University. He specializes in elucidating the timing of events of paleontological interest, including, most recently, the early hominid dispersal in Asia, the winged dinosaurs of China, and the refinement of the Geological Time Scale. He is a member of the Dmanisi geological team.