Graecopithecus freybergi is a hominid originally identified by a single fragment of skull first found in 1944. A further two fossils which had human-like teeth, have been found in Bulgaria and Greece, dating to 7.2 million years ago, indicating that the specimen may be the oldest known direct ancestor of modern man.
This calls into question the view than man originated from Africa, and that humans were already starting to evolve in Europe 200,000 years before the earliest African hominid.
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