.New evidence in Germany could rewrite origins of human race.
Paleontologists in Germany have discovered a 9.7 million-year-old set of fossilized teeth that could trigger the “rewriting” of human history.
The dental remains were found by scientists sifting through gravel and sand. Inside a former bed of the Rhine river near the town of Eppelsheim.
They resemble those belonging to “Lucy”, a 3.2 million-year-old skeleton of a human ancestor found in Ethiopia. fossilized teeth, human race, Germany,
However, they don’t resemble those of any other species found in Europe or Asia. As a result the are raising questions about the “out-of-Africa” theory of human origins.
Scientists were so confused by the find. They held off from publishing their research for the past year, Die Welt reports.
Herbert Lutz, director at the Mainz Natural History Museum and head of the research team, told local media. “They are clearly ape teeth. Their characteristics resemble African finds that are four to five million years younger than the fossils excavated in Eppelsheim. fossilized teeth, human race, Germany,
“This is a tremendous stroke of luck, but also a great mystery.”
At a press conference announcing the discovery, mayor of Mainz suggested the find could force scientists to reassess the history.
I don’t want to over-dramatize it. I would hypothesize though that we shall have to start rewriting the history of mankind after today
Axel von Berg, a local archaeologist, said the new findings would “amaze experts”.
Scientists just published the first paper on the research. The “real work” to unlock the mystery is just beginning.
Although there is abundant fossil evidence that great apes were roaming Europe millions of years ago, there has been no confirmed cases of hominins – species closely related to humans – on the continent.
The current scientific consensus proposes that modern humans evolved out of east Africa somewhere between 400,000 and 200,000 years ago, before dispersing around the world as recently as 70,000 years ago.
The teeth will be on display from the end of October at a state exhibition, before heading to Mainz’s Natural History Museum.
The region where the find was made has been an attraction for fossil hunters for almost 200 years.