A new analysis of two 7.2 myr fossils belonging to “El Graeco” suggests humans emerged in Europe not Africa.
These new findings directly challenge the OOA which is now seriously in doubt. One of the fossils is a lower jaw discovered in 1944 in Pyrgos Vassilissis, Greece which nobody really paid any attention to due to the ensuing WW2. The other fossil is a tooth discovered in Azmaka, Bulgaria. According to Sky News and New Scientist the birthplace of modern humans may have been in the Eastern Mediterranean and NOT Africa.
These fossils are known as “El Graeco” and they appear to be the oldest known pre-human remains in history. This hominid belongs to the species known as Graecopithecus freybergi, an ape-like hominid believed to be the oldest known pre-human dating back 7.2 mya. Micro-computed tomography and 3D reconstructions were employed in the new analysis using the tooth and jaw specimen and researchers discovered distinctive features as seen in modern humans and our ancestors.
This makes El Graeco older than the previously oldest pre-human ancestor Sahelanthropus fossils found in Chad, Africa. More finds and evidence are needed but the way it looks now is that there IS a possibility that modern humans evolved in Europe not Africa and that is pretty significant. This reminds me of another “out of place” find in Greece known as Petralona Man. (see — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petralona_cave). That specimen which is “unavailable for further research”, conveniently, was dated at 700 kyr by Dr Aris Poullanos who headed the excavation team in 1965. In 1981 the age of the Petralona Skull was again investigated and dates of between 160-240 kyr were obtained.
Isn’t it funny how all of those “out of place” are suddenly coming to light once again isn’t it?