Scientists studying a skull discovered in China in 1933 say the fossil may belong to a new ancient human species. The team, which published the findings in the journal innovationThe analysis indicated that the owner of the unique skull was between 138,000 and 309,000 years old, and scientists gave the species the nickname Dragon Man.
science news Picked up from the news of a new analysis of old fossils, Hebei University’s Professor Qiang Ji led a team of researchers who used phylogenetic analysis and mathematical modeling to identify the correct lineage for the skull. (Phylogenetics is the study of evolutionary relationships between biological entities.)
Chris Stringer, an expert on human evolution at the Natural History Museum in London, who studies the skull with Ji and his team, said: “The skull has a large brain capacity. It is in the realm of modern humans and Neanderthals. “It also shows characteristics similar to our species. Includes flat and low cheekbones with shallow canine cavities. and the face looks smaller and tucked under the brain,” adds Stringer.
The almost complete skull is in the GIF above, and it looks quite different from Homo Sapien̵7;s skull. The “overhead notch” of the skull, which is the top of the eye socket. Notice how thick they are compared to humans. It’s almost as if Dragon Man (or the most) actually just an extinct version of Eugene Levy.
“It is widely believed that Neanderthals were the sister group of Homo Sapiens lineage,” Stringer added in a press release. “But our analysis suggests that this skull and other central Pleistocene human fossils from China form the Third East Asian lineage, which is actually close to sapiens than Neanderthals.”
Chuang Zhao/London Museum of Natural History
However, some scientists who were not involved in the research appear to be unconvinced of the findings. Paleontologist Marta Mirazón Lahr of the University of Cambridge said: science This magazine is probably the most intact Denisovan skull ever. But it doesn’t have to belong to a blood sibling. (Denisovans—species or subspecies of H Sapiens scattered throughout Asia during the Lower and Middle Stone Ages)
incidentally science news Recent reports of mining in Israel have yielded more mysterious fossils during the same period. Researchers in that case may have pegged their new species somewhere between 120,000 and 140,000 years old, which could mean “reconciliation” between H Sapiens and other Eurasian species are more extensive than previously thought. And it seems already very spaciousSo talk a lot
Featured image: Chuang Zhao/London Museum of Natural History
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