Thursday, June 04, 2009

Human ancestors may have evolved in Europe, moved to Africa

A fossil found in Spain suggests "our hominid ancestors lived in Europe and only later migrated to Africa, where modern humans evolved." (New Scientist) The fossil appears to occupy a juncture in the hominid family tree that led to gorillas, chimps and humans.

"This 'into Africa' scenario is likely to be controversial," reports New Scientist. Ya think?

Before you laugh too hard, remember that, earlier this year, the "most complete fossil primate ever discovered" turned up in - - not Ethiopia, Tanzania or Nairobi -- but Germany.

Is it time to re-think the cradle of human kind?

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