Archaeologists discovered fossil teeth in Germany that could re-write human history

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On Wednesday, the Museum of Natural History in Mainz announced that a team of German archaeologists discovered a puzzling set of teeth in the former riverbed of the Rhine. The teeth don’ t appear to belong to any species discovered in Europe or Asia. They most closely resemble those belonging to the early hominin skeletons of Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis) and Ardi (Ardipithecus ramidus), famously discovered in Ethiopia. But these new teeth, found in the western German town of Eppelsheim near Mainz, are at least 4 million years older than the African skeletons, which has scientists so puzzled they held off publishing for a year. In the press conference announcing the find, Mainz Mayor Michael Ebling claimed the find would force scientists to reconsider the history of early mankind. “I don’t want to over-dramatize it, but I would hypothesize that we shall have to start rewriting the history of mankind after today,” Ebling was quoted as saying. A specialist team will be carrying out further tests on the teeth. More Infos on dw.com. RAMAR-NOTE: This find may be another “Missing Link” in the history of humankind.

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