Remains of a 7.175-million-years-old hominid found in in Bulgaria | ArchaeoFeed
Archaeologists analysed two known specimens of the fossil hominid Graecopithecus freybergi found in Bulgaria and Greece, revealing that common lineage of great apes and humans split several hundred thousand years earlier than hitherto assumed. Jawbone of the hominid (by Wolfgang Gerber & University of Tübingen) According to the researchers the split of the human lineage occurred in the Eastern Mediterranean and not - as customarily assumed - in Africa. Researchers have assumed up to now that the lineages diverged five to seven million years ago and that the first pre-humans developed in Africa. A lower jaw from Greece and an upper premolar from Bulgaria belonging to the fossil hominid Graecopithecus freybergi were analysed. Using computer tomography, researchers visualized the internal structures of the fossils and demonstrated that the roots of premolars are widely fused. According to the scientists, while great apes typically have two or three separate and diverging roots, the