Scientists recently have discovered a huge fossilized skull or cranium that was hidden at the bottom of a well for 90 years. The skull has been discovered in north-eastern China. As per the report, the discovered skull is predicted to belong to a new species of human called Dragon Man. Well, it can be said that the new discovery has made scientists rethink the evolution of humans.
The discovery is the newest addition to the human family tree, which is now rapidly shifting and growing. The scientists managed to discover all these things by analyzing the ancient DNA found in bones, cave dirt, and teeth.
As per the report, the skull was first discovered in the year 1933 by some Chines laborers in Harbin while developing a bridge. At that time, the place was completely occupied by the Japanese. To protect the skull from the Japanese, it has hidden in a well. In 2018, it was rediscovered when the person who hid it informed about the skull to his grandson.
By the Chinses researchers, the fossil has been named Homo Longi, a new human species and called Dragon Man. They lived in the northern Chinese province, near the Black Dragon River area.
As per the geochemical analysis, the fossil has some primitive features, for example, a braincase, low brow, and a broad nose. The nose is quite similar to the nose of Homo sapiens. The information published in the Innovation, a research journal, stated that the skull belonged to an around 50-year-old man. The man probably had deep eyes, a large eye socket, a wide face, and big teeth. Also, the brain size matches the brain size of modern humans. However, the most interesting thing about the skull is its huge size, which is 6-inches wide and 9-inches long.
Speaking more about the skull, the cranial capacity was around 48fluid ounces which is similar to the modern men’s capacity. But, on the other hand, the skull also has some other features that establish a link between Neanderthals and modern humans.
Researchers said that the skull differs from the Homo species and has a combination of ancient as well as modern features. Led by the Hebei Geo University’s Professor Qiang Ji, the team utilized geochemical techniques to determine how old the skull is and discovered that it is over 140,000 years old. More information will be published very soon.