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Graecopithecus and The Antiquity of Proto-Humans in Europe

Interesting discovery picked by the ever inquisitive Jeremy Bentham and SS Sam.

There was once two competing theories of human evolution, Out of Africa and the "Candelabra Theory." By the early 1990s almost the entire scientific establishment had bought into the Out of Africa theory. Now those nerds must re-align their doctrine while on their heads—or attack the finder. In any case, it is ridiculous to think we ever have the whole picture when archaeologists have excavated less than a millionth of the globe.

Beside, when one considers that Neanderthal Man was European in origin and antedated Modern Man by over a hundred thousand years, it is kind of foolish to think of Europe as the genetic end rather than the beginning of our kind.

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

An artist's reconstruction of Graecopithecus freybergi, left, with the jawbone and tooth found in Bulgaria and Greece Credit: University of Toronto

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.

To some extent this is a newly discovered missing linkProfessor Nikolai Spassov, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

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.

“This study changes the ideas related to the knowledge about the time and the place of the first steps of the humankind,” said Professor Nikolai Spassov from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

“Graecopithecus is not an ape. He is a member of the tribe of hominins and the direct ancestor of homo.

“The food of the Graecopithecus was related to the rather dry and hard savannah vegetation, unlike that of the recent great apes which are leaving in forests. Therefore, like humans, he has wide molars and thick enamel.

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BobMay 25, 2017 4:05 AM UTC

If you're interested in Neanderthals, ancestors to virtually all of this blog's readership, check out this film by Werner Herzog:
guestMay 24, 2017 3:16 PM UTC

“An examination of the detailed morphology of molar teeth from two fossils of G. freybergi published in 2017 suggests that it may be a hominin, that is sharing ancestry with Homo but not with the Chimpanzees (Pan). This calls into question the prevailing belief that humans originated in Africa.”

If i had a few millions to spare, I’d sponsor excavations in Bulgaria and Greece until they dig up a whole complete proto homo, no homo (or graecopithecus freybergi to be exact)!

Which was based on a mixture of statistics and best guesses anyway, it is a “story”, it was never a fact, from the very beginning it was always a “probably” at best.

I’m so racist i don’t even believe the out of Africa theory!

That’s pretty, pretty racist…
Sam J.May 24, 2017 1:31 PM UTC

Here's another one.