National Geographic is BS. Either lies or they don't get it right.
Using words like mystery or unknown is the lazy way.
There are new anthropological discoveries that this author has no clue about.
Not all came from Africa. That is the misleading info that is spread without questioning. Just a jerky assumption.
Most people (99.99%) stuck to some old speculative theories that everything started in Africa and we are all African ape descendants.
I think it is time to rewrite the books and the history of humans all according to new findings, of a humanoid standing up straight (not like the African model) and most important with bigger cranium, with much more capacity, an indication of holding more brain (in my words smarter).
This finding took place in Greece (Petralona, Halkidikis). I feel more convinced that the Greeks ( and of course the White European/Caucasian race) to have come from this and not from Africa. Costa, looking at your picture you look more like a descendant of the Greek Archanthropus man (13,000,000 years old) than an ape from Africa. I believe different humanoids got developed at different places on earth.
The speech of Drs Aris and Daphne N. Poulianos at the THE PROCESS OF HOMINIZATION in Kunming, China, 31-7-2009
We definitely come from apes, but not African ones. Once upon a time lived in Europe over fifty species of monkeys. But an ape, which I named Helladopithecus semierectus, lived on trees, seventeen million years ago (ANTHROPOS, V3, N01, Jan. 1976, pp3 – 30, Athens).
The well known Pikermi fauna of the Miocene period is found from Hungary through Balkans to Iran. a very important of that period was Mesopithecus pentelici, whose range also extended over a large territory, beyond Greece
Another lower jaw from Attica found in 1942 seems to be an advanced form which does not belong to Dryopithecinae, and which might also represent the beginning of African Primates. Koenigswald gave him a not very successful name “graecopithecus”.
Its age is about 9 million years old. The lower jaw of another specimen found by the French expedition in 1972 near Thessaloniki, was named Dryopethicus macedoniensis.
A find described in this paper (Helladopithecus), is the upper part of a left femur found by our expedition in 1974 near Tharounia, a village in the island of Euboea. The age established lately, is Lower Miocene, about 17 million years old, confirmed by its stratigraphy, as well, and kept now in the Anthropological Museum of the Archanthropus man at Petralona, Chalkidiki.
Scientific measurements. (Modern way)
The result of the procedures of the measurements showed that θ (torsion) broken = 18ο , which means that this monkey was about 65% erect during his lifetime. That means he was pretty much erect, certainly more erect than most today’s African primates. Thus, it is concluded, Helladopithecus could be the forerunner of Homo.
As a result of the above process we have the first standing man on earth, Homo erectus trilliensis, spreading all over the world from this region of the Aegean, of the SE of Europe 13 million years ago.
In the mean time excavations are going on: A new find, a part of the skeleton of a young girl of 14 years old was found. The find was named Homo erectus trilliensis Daphnae, after the name of the lady present in this hall Mrs Daphnae A.Poulianos.
Many findings took place in Greece. The little I tried to post on this is just an example of how little people and the Greeks know. None of the above is in any text book world wide and I don't know why. Can I suspect that the Greek race was one of the first developed? Clearly these finding are pointing towards such claim. Compare this with the human development out of Africa vs, the human development out of Greece or Europe in general.
Notes; Pikermi, Penteli, Petralona, Halkidiki, Miocene, Macedonia, Drys, Tharounia, Euboea, etc are all name sof places in GreeceHellas is teh actual name of Greece (Re: Helladopithecus) Archanthropus = First Human.
Drys = Oak