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Dragon Man – A new human species

Scientists have announced that a skull discovered in northeast China represents a newly discovered human species they have named Homo longi, or “Dragon Man”.

Who is the “Dragon Man”, the latest Chinese discovery?

  • The cranium found in China has been dubbed the “Dragaon Man” or Homo longi, a name that has been derived from the Long Jiang or Dragon River in the Heilongjiang province of China where the city of Harbin is located.
  • The skull was reportedly discovered back in 1933, when a bridge was built over the Songhua River.
  • For thousands of years, the skull remained buried in sediments.
  • Because of the distinctive shape of the skull, which was found almost complete, some members of the team have suggested that it be declared a part of a new species of the genus Homo.
  • Significantly, the size of the skull, which has a considerable brain capacity, is comparable to that of modern humans and Neanderthals.
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