Scientists unveil Homo longi aka 'dragon man,' the latest addition to the human evolution tree (Video)

Scientists unveil Homo longi aka 'dragon man,' the latest addition to the human evolution tree (Photos)



Scientists have rewritten the story of human evolution after discovering a huge fossilised skull that was wrapped up and hidden in a Chinese well nearly 90 years ago.






The exciting discovery named 'dragon man' is the latest addition to a rapidly shifting human family tree thanks to new fossil finds and analysis of ancient DNA preserved in teeth, bones and cave dirt.







The well-preserved skullcap, found in the Chinese city of Harbin, is between 138,000 and 309,000 years old, according to geochemical analysis, and it combines primitive features, such as a broad nose, low brow and braincase, with those that are more similar to Homo sapiens, including flat and delicate cheekbones.






Researchers say the ancient hominin was "probably" a 50-year-old man -and he would have had an "extremely wide" face, deep eyes with large eye sockets, big teeth and a brain similar in size to modern humans.


Researchers named the new hominin - Homo longi, which is derived from Heilongjiang, or Black Dragon River, the province where the cranium was found.


Three papers detailing the discovery were published in the journal 'The Innovation' on Friday, June 25.Latest Post
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