The history of human evolution takes another twist.

New research suggests that mankind’s hominin ancestors might have first evolved in Europe, not in Africa. David Begun in Toronto has proposed that the small teeth on a pair of fossilised jaws from Northern Greece locate our ancestors there, i.e., in Europe. Hominins represent the family of primates that include modern humans and all their ancestors back to the time of the first division from the apes. He calls this hominin a ‘proto-hominin’. It might have subsequently evolved into an early hominin also found in Greece, Graecopithecus. Continue to watch this space.

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