Science has believed for quite some time that our earliest ancestor in any way resembling us came from Africa. Sure, we could go all the way back to some single-celled organism floating around in a pool of stagnant water as our true earliest ancestor, but the one we are concerned with is that one immediately preceding—and by immediately we mean by a few million years—the separation of the evolutionary trail into twin paths, one leading to chimpanzees and the other leading eventually to us. Lucy lived in Africa, remember. All the homo erectus-es and homo habilis-es and such lived in Africa. But GRAECOPITHECUS lived in what is now modern-day Greece. Known only from a single tooth discovered in 2012 in Bulgaria—hey, ol’ Graeco didn’t live ONLY in Greece, after all—and a partial jawbone unearthed near Athens during World War Two.
The conventional view has been that all or most of the apemen of Europe started dying off around 10 million years ago. The ones still living in Africa continued to evolve, splitting into lines that led to chimps, gorillas, and modern humans. The Graeco tooth, though, is only 7 million years old, and possesses qualities heretofore only seen in human ancestors. It could be, then, that all human beings living today were Greek to start with. Opah!