May 25, 2017 01:05 AM EDT
A new discovery of 7.2 million-year-old pre-human remains found in Bulgaria and Greece has changed the history that was being thought until now. It reveals that Europe was the birthplace of mankind, and it is not Africa, as it was known till date. It has also been revealed that before several hundreds of thousands of years ago, humans split off from the great apes.
According to The Telegraph, scientists have discovered two fossils of an ape-like creature, which can be considered as pre-human remains because it has human-like teeth. The fossil hominid has been named as Graecopithecus freybergi by the scientists. The lower jaw has been found in Greece and an upper premolar has been found in Bulgaria.
The discovery of these pre-human remains proves and sheds light on the statement that the ancestors of human beings started to evolve 200,000 years ago before the African hominid. Therefore, Europe is the real birthplace for the species of human beings.
These pre-human findings have changed the entire human history till date. Utilizing computer tomography, scientists could picture the inner structures of the fossils and demonstrate that the underlying foundations of premolars are broadly intertwined.
Phys.org reported that the study on pre-human remains also proves that there was a common ancestor for both chimpanzees and humans. The common ancestor is the 'missing link', but the split of the human lineage occurred in the Eastern Mediterranean. Around then environmental change had transformed Eastern Europe into an open savannah which constrained chimps to discover new sustenance sources, starting a move towards bipedalism, the analysts accept.
The research on the pre-human remains was headed by Professor Madelaine Böhme from the Senckenberg Centre for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment at the University of Tübingen and Professor Nikolai Spassov from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The research study has been published in the journal PLOS ONE.
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