Scientists in Atapuerca, Spain claim to have found the oldest known evidence of humans in Europe. This fossil, found in a cave with animal bones and hand tools could be up to 500,000 years older than the previous record found in 1997.
The leader of the team, Eudald Carbonell, director of the Catalan Institute of Human Paleo-Ecology and Social Evolution, says the fossil represents an earlier example of Pioneer Man (Homo antecessor) and might be an ancestor of humans and Neanderthals.
He went on to say that even older fossils, perhaps up to 1.8 million years old could be found in Europe. "This has to be the next discovery," he said. "This is the scientific hypothesis."