Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa, scientists find

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Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa, scientists find

Post by Ria on Tue May 23, 2017 10:32 am

[size=55]Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa, scientists find[/size]
An artist's reconstruction of Graecopithecus freybergi, left, with the jawbone and tooth found in Bulgaria and Greece  CREDIT: UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO 

  •  Sarah Knapton, science editor 

22 MAY 2017 • 7:00PM
[size=118]The history of human evolution has been rewritten after scientists discovered that Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa. 
Currently, most experts believe that our human lineage split from apes around seven million years ago in central Africa, where hominids remained for the next five million years before venturing further afield.
But two fossils of an ape-like creature which had human-like teeth have been found in Bulgaria and Greece, dating to 7.2 million years ago.[/size]

The discovery of the creature, named Graecopithecus freybergi, and nicknameded ‘El Graeco' by scientists, proves our ancestors were already starting to evolve in Europe 200,000 years before the earliest African hominid.
An international team of researchers say the findings entirely change the beginning of human history and place the last common ancestor of both chimpanzees and humans - the so-called Missing Link - in the Mediterranean region.

[size=31]To some extent this is a newly discovered missing linkProfessor Nikolai Spassov, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences[/size]

At that time climate change had turned Eastern Europe into an open savannah which forced apes to find new food sources, sparking a shift towards bipedalism, the researchers believe.

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