Aris Poulianos, a Greek anthropologist, claims that the hominid remains (a skull) discovered in the Petralona Cave are 700,000 years old and belong to a distinct species, which he named Archanthropus europeaus petraloniensis (commonly: Archanthropus of Petralona).
The claim and Poulianos' interpretations are surprisingly popular in Greece, and a further claim that an 11 million years old calcified tibia was found in nearby Triglia also received some coverage in local news. Poulianos claimed the tribia belonged to a Homo erectus subspecies which he named Homo erectus trilliensis.
While the claim sound absurd, there are copious amount of literature re-iterating it. Some examples:
- THE 46th ANNIVERSARY SINCE THE DISCOVERY OF THE PETRALONA ARCHANTHROPUS’ SKULL, from Poulianos website,
- Petralona cave & man discovery, a Greek national tv documentary (English subtitles),
- Wikitravel article on Petralona
(Perhaps) more importantly, Poulianos effectively controls access to the cave itself, through his Anthropological Association of Greece and most tourist literature for the cave and the findings comes from the AAG operated museum.