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Skull found in China may have belonged to long-lost 'Dragon Man'

By T.K. Randall
May 22, 2024 · Comment icon 4 comments
Dragon Man hybrid skull.
One of the three 'Yunxian Man' skulls. Image Credit: Gary Todd
For years, anthropologists struggled to determine which human ancestor the skull - along with two others - belonged to.
The three skulls, known collectively as 'Yunxian Man', were discovered in 1989, 1990 and 2022 at the Xuetangliangzi site in China's Yunyang district.

The first two were crushed and distorted, though the third had managed to avoid too much damage.

For decades, the question of which human ancestor the skulls belonged to continued to endure.

Some believed that the skulls were early Homo sapiens (modern humans), while others thought they were more likely to be Homo erectus.
Now, though, after painstakingly reconstructing one of the skulls using 3D modeling software, scientists have concluded that it was in fact a hybrid - the last known common ancestor of modern humans and the long-lost Dragon Man lineage.

"The reconstructed Yunxian 2 suggest that it is an early member of the Asian 'Dragon Man' lineage, which probably includes the Denisovans, and is the sister group of the Homo sapiens lineage," the study authors wrote.

"Both the H. sapiens and Dragon Man lineages had deep roots extending beyond the Middle Pleistocene, and the basal position of the Yunxian fossil cranium suggests it represents a population lying close to the last common ancestor of the two lineages."



Source: Mail Online | Comments (4)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by Abramelin 1 month ago
She/He/Whatever has a very flat skull.    
Comment icon #2 Posted by CrimsonKing 1 month ago
Damn!...no doubt,looks like an anvil was dropped on its head ?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Stiff 1 month ago
Comment icon #4 Posted by CigaretteSmokingMan 1 month ago
Fascinating


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