The controversial story of human evolution has been rewritten after some scientists discovered that Europe was the birthplace of mankind and not Africa, therefore taking away Africa’s bragging right as the cradle of mankind.
Currently, many evolutionists believe that our human lineage split from apes around 7 million years ago in central Africa, where hominids (a primate family consisting of all modern and extinct humans and great apes including gorillas, chimpanzees, and orangutans) remained for the next 5 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.
The name of this our European ancestors is Graecopithecus freybergi, aka ‘El Graeco’ The discovery is said to prove that our European ancestors were already enjoying life in Europe 200,000 years before the existence of the earliest of our African ancestors.
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.
According to 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 (Sapiens, Erectus and Habilis).
However some experts were more skeptical about the findings.
Retired anthropologist and author Dr Peter Andrews, formerly at the Natural History Museum in London, said: “It is possible that the human lineage originated in Europe, but very real fossil evidence places the origin in Africa, including several partial skeletons and skulls.
“I would be hesitant about using a single character from an isolated fossil to set against the evidence from Africa.”
My thought: If this finding is true, Africans original home is not the jungles of Africa, but Europe! Now you understand why Africans are rushing to Europe. We are going back to our root. We are going home.