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'Dragon Man' could be new human species

June 27, 2021 | Comment icon 5 comments



The face of our ancestors. Image Credit: Wei Gao
Scientists in China have discovered a fossil skull belonging to what could be a totally new human species.
A few days ago we reported that a previously unknown species of human - Nesher Ramla Homo - had been unearthed in Israel and now, incredibly, another new human species has been found - this time in China.

Originally discovered in Harbin, north-east China all the way back in 1933, the fossil skull was practically forgotten about for decades before coming to the attention of scientists.

Nicknamed 'Dragon Man', the specimen is now thought to have belonged to a group of humans who lived in East Asia around 146,000 years ago and who were closely related to modern humans.
The species had large square eye sockets, thick brow ridges, a wide mouth and large teeth.

"In terms of fossils in the last million years, this is one of the most important yet discovered," Prof Chris Stringer from London's Natural History Museum told BBC News.

"What you have here is a separate branch of humanity that is not on its way to becoming Homo sapiens (our species), but represents a long-separate lineage which evolved in the region for several hundred thousand years and eventually went extinct."



Source: BBC News | Comments (5)



Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by DanL 4 months ago
It didn't matter how big his brain was. He and his kind were just another victim of homosapians. There are a lot of different cats, bears, and most any other types of animals. Humanity, even today, has no tolerance for different people much less another species of hominid. They went the way of so many other peoples. We wiped out entire tribes of native Americans. We probably wiped them out.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Freez1 4 months ago
We send probes to other planets and yet we have only scratched the surface of the planet we call home. This planet has had multiple attempts at humanoids and I seriously doubt itís done. Our bones†will be dug up one†day to be studied by the next ones. What will be left of us then in the same amount of time?†
Comment icon #3 Posted by Tatetopa 4 months ago
Yes, we are amazing disease carriers aren't we?††
Comment icon #4 Posted by Robotic Jew 4 months ago
This title is very misleading....no fire breathing? what a rip off.†
Comment icon #5 Posted by DieChecker 4 months ago
I'd vote NOT a closer relative. Think about it. H. Sapiens came out of Africa, and this has only been found in China. Sounds like a Neanderthal evolution away from us actually. I guess maybe there might be dragon man fossils eventually found between South Africa and China, but right now it appears the two species evolved. Site appears to be north of Korean peninsula. Meaning, South Africa is 8000 miles away by land. Could also be a follow on of a different species then Neanderthal, since they've never been found that far east.


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