Africa may not be the birthplace of the human race, as previously thought.
Scientists have analyzed a fossilized tooth, found in the Eastern Mediterranean, and are now questioning the origin of human lineage once again.
Not since Charles Darwin have the claims of experts about this fascinating subject been so intensely challenged.
This exciting discovery is forcing scientists to revise their previous theories about our first human ancestors.
Discovery Of Dental Remains Could Change Everything
The discovery has thrown the cat amongst the pigeons in the world of paleontology.
It questions the conventional account of where we originated and how it happened.
The search for the missing link is on-going and this discovery marks the beginning of yet another investigation.
Previously, it was believed that hominids split off from primates in Africa several million years ago.
The leading theory was that they remained there for at least another five million years before migrating north.
Where this happened has now been called into question, and this new piece of evidence suggests that human life began in an entirely different place.
Eastern Mediterranean Vs. Central Africa
The discovery of some 7.2 million- year old fossils has led scientists to the question of whether the human race began in the Eastern Mediterranean, rather than in Africa.
Scientists have started to think that the areas around Greece and Bulgaria are the actual birthplace of humankind.
The fossilized remains of a lower jaw and an upper premolar were found in Greece and a later a single tooth was discovered in nearby Bulgaria.
These dental root structures are one of the decisive features of hominids, and they have been dated at around 200,000 years before the first African fossils.
The fossils were discovered during the construction of a military bunker in Athens during the Second World War.
When the fossilized lower jaw was recovered it was analyzed with great curiosity by scientists of the time.