A well-preserved skullcap, was discovered in China's Dragon river region. The skull is said to be 138,000 and 309,000 years old. The details of this discovery were revealed in the journal 'The Innovation' published on Friday, June 25. Researchers named the specie 'Homo Longi' or 'Dragon man' a reference to where it was discovered.
Researchers said the specie was probably a 50-year-old man, who would have had an extremely wide face, deep eyes with large eye sockets, big teeth and a brain similar in size to humans. Scientists also discovered that their features such as broad nose, low brow and braincase, are human features.
Chris Stringer, research leader in human origins at The Natural History Museum in London and coauthor of the research said;
"The Harbin skull is the most important fossil I've seen in 50 years. It shows how important East Asia and China is in telling the human story.
The research team plans to see if it is possible to extract ancient proteins or DNA from the cranium, which included one tooth, and will begin a more detailed study of the skull's interior, looking at sinuses and both ear and brain shape, using CT scans.
According to research, in the millennia since Homo sapiens first emerged in Africa about 300,000 years ago, Homo sapiens have shared the planet with Neanderthals, the Denisovans, the "hobbit" Homo floresiensis, Homo luzonensis and Homo naledi, as well as several other ancient hominins.
Humans then had sex with some of them and produced babies.
The story of human evolution is changing all the time in what is a particularly exciting period for paleoanthropology".
This discovery may require more experiment to create fact.
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