The Telegraph (whose pro-Brexit readers will have to avert their eyes) brings us the news that humans may have originated in Bulgaria and Greece, not Africa, as previously thought.
Currently, most experts believe that our human lineage split from apes around seven million years ago in central Africa, where hominids remained for the next five million years before venturing further afield.
But two fossils of an ape-like creature which had human-like teeth have been found in Bulgaria and Greece, dating to 7.2 million years ago.
The discovery of the creature, named Graecopithecus freybergi, and nicknameded [sic] ‘El Graeco’ by scientists, proves our ancestors were already starting to evolve in Europe 200,000 years before the earliest African hominid.
Not long ago, we looked at how genealogy sites such as 23andme call into question family lore about ethnic origins. But these new findings take things to a whole new level.