Our ancient human ancestors may not have split from chimpanzees in the grasslands of East Africa, but in Europe instead. Researchers investigating fossils of an ancient species of ape discovered in Greece and Bulgaria claim to have found evidence that the two lineages had already diverged by the time it was alive in the Mediterranean, upending what we traditionally thought.
RTAG 3 TTWhile great apes typically have two or three separate and diverging roots, the roots of Graecopithecus converge and are partially fused a feature that is characteristic of modern humen, early humans and several pre-humans including Ardipithecus and Australopithecus, explained Professor Madelaine Bhme, who led the research published in PLOS ONE RTAG 7 TTIn a second newspaper published inPLOS ONE
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