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Massive human head in Chinese well forces scientists to rethink evolution

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Massive human head in Chinese well forces scientists to rethink evolution

Photo caption: Chinese researchers have called the skull, found in Harbin in the north, Homo longi, or ‘Dragon man’, but other experts are more cautious about naming a new species. Photo credit: Wei Gao. Article by Ian Sample, science editor. The Guardian – June 25, 2021.

‘Dragon man’ skull reveals new branch of family tree more closely related to modern humans than Neanderthals

The discovery of a huge fossilized skull that was wrapped up and hidden in a Chinese well nearly 90 years ago has forced scientists to rewrite the story of human evolution.

Analysis of the remains has revealed a new branch of the human family tree that points to a previously unknown sister group more closely related to modern humans than the Neanderthals. […]

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Discovery of ‘Dragon Man’ skull in China prompts rethink of human evolution – NBC News

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