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It's long been accepted that humans split from apes about 7 million years ago in central Africa, staying there for another 5 million years before migrating elsewhere.

Now, though, scientists have evidence that bucks that belief: A pair of fossils of an ape-like being that sported human-like teeth have been discovered in Greece and Bulgaria. And the two finds date back to 7.2 million years ago.

The discovery of the new creature, known as Graecopithecus freybergi ("El Graeco" for short), demonstrates that the ancestors of humans were beginning to develop a good 200 millennia before the existence of the earliest known African hominid.

That would place the last ancestor-in-common of humans and chimpanzees in the Mediterranean region.

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