Archaeologists have made a discovery in Germany that may very well reshape the story of human history.
A set of teeth believed to be around 9.7 million-years-old were found near a town called Eppelsheim in a bed once covered by the Rhine river.
The incredibly old dental remains resemble those belonging to “Lucy,” a 3.2 million-year-old skeleton of a human ancestor found in Ethiopia. However, when compared to any other species found in Europe and Asia, they didn’t match up, which raises serious debate about the theory of human origins.
Herbert Lutz, a director at the Mainz Natural History Museum and head of this particular research team, told a local news station, “They are clearly ape teeth. Their characteristics resemble African finds that are four to five million years younger than the fossils excavated in Eppelsheim.
“This is a tremendous stroke of luck, but also a great mystery.”
(Just a heads-up, the video below is spoken in German, but we recommend you turn on subtitles – assuming you don’t speak German – and watch!)
A great mystery indeed!
A look at the current scientific consensus tells us that modern humans evolved from east Africa dating back somewhere between 400,000 and 200,000 years ago. And didn’t start dispersing around the world until about 130,000 years after that. . .
So where did these teeth come from? Who did they belong to? Were they even “human,” or were these “bigfoot” teeth?
The Independent reports the teeth will be on display at a state exhibition until the end of October, and they they will be transferred to Mainz’s Natural History Museum for further examination.