7 million year old tooth found in Balkans proven to be of a proto-human by international scientist team, including German Madelaine Böhme.
- microscopic tomography reveals the molars were merged which is so only in humans, not in apes, so the fossils belong to the human line – Graecopithecus freybergi to be specific. I didn’t even know there were Greek pitheci. Oh I see, they named it that way. It’s the first Graecopithecus ever named.
- Climate at the time speaks for Steppe environment in Southern Europe, so the orthodox assumption that upright walking developed as adaption to Steppe holds.
For a critter it doesn’t matter how we call the land it lived in today – Europe or Africa. But, this has quite a bit of symbolic value for the “we are all Africans” crowd (which is the leftist Rousseau-Noble-Savage-Civilisation-Is-Evil crowd).
Expect lynching mobs in the communist anthropology departments.
We are all Europeans now.