How big is the Dragon Man skull?
WHAT IS DRAGON MAN FOSSIL? The skull, which is 23 cm long and more than 15 cm wide, is larger than a modern human skull with enough room for a human brain. It consists of thick eye sockets, brow ridge, and researchers believe it belongs to a man who was about 50 years old. India TodayThere once lived a 'Dragon Man': Human skull found in China forces scientists to re-think evolution
Originally uncovered back in 1933, the skull of the Dragon Man is significantly larger than our own, but carried a brain roughly the same size. Scientists believe that these Homo longi named after the Chinese word long for dragon lived in East Asia approximately 146,000 years ago, and more closely relate to Homo sapiens than Neanderthals. The discovery may potentially change the course of human evolution as we knew.
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“The skull has a large brain capacity, fully within the range of modern humans and Neanderthals,” Chris Stringer, a human evolution expert at the Natural History Museum in London, who studied the skull alongside Ji and his team, said in a press release. “It also shows features resembling our species; including flat and low cheekbones with a shallow canine fossa, and the face looks reduced and tucked under the braincase,” Stringer added.
“It’s widely believed that the Neanderthals form the sister group of the Homo sapiens lineage,” Stringer added in the press release. “But our analyses suggest that this skull, and some other Middle Pleistocene human fossils from China, form a third East Asian lineage, which is actually closer to sapiens than the Neanderthals are.”
Some scientists who did not take part in the research seem skeptic of the findings, however. Paleoanthropologist Marta Mirazón Lahr of the University of Cambridge, for example, told Science Magazine that this is likely the most-intact Denisovan skull ever, but that it doesn’t necessarily belong to a sister lineage. (Denisovans—a species or subspecies of H. sapiens ranged across Asia during the Lower and Middle Paleolithic.)
Incidentally, Science News also recently reported excavations in Israel have turned up more mysterious fossils from approximately the same period. Researchers in that case peg their—possibly—new species at somewhere between 120,000 to 140,000 years old. Which may mean the “co-mingling” between H. sapiens and other Eurasian species was even more extensive than previously thought. And it already seemed very extensive, so that’s saying a lot.
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