An enormous human skull, hidden there for 90 years, was discovered in a Chinese well. The discovery forces scientists to rewrite the history of human evolution, Settler guard.
After analyzing the fossil, they concluded that there must be another branch of the human family tree. It is an unknown sister group that is more closely related to modern humans than to Neanderthals.
Chinese scientists have classified the particular fossil as a new human species, Homo longi or “Dragonman,” although other scholars do not fully agree that it is a new species. They see similarities with other fossils found in the area. This does not change the fact that there is consensus about the great significance of this discovery.
An international team led by Professor Qiang Ji from Heibei Geo University used geochemical techniques to determine when the skull found its last resting place in Harbin. The fossil is estimated to be at least 146,000 years old. The skull has a unique combination of primitive and modern features.
The skull is 23 cm long and 15 cm wide. This is much larger than the head of modern people. There is plenty of room for the modern human brain. “This guy had a huge head,” Chris Stringer, head of research at the Natural History Museum in London, told the British newspaper.
Researchers believe the skull belonged to a 50-year-old man of great stature. His wide, swollen nose allowed him to inhale a lot of oxygen, indicating a lifestyle that requires a lot of energy. It is also said that its size helped it withstand the freezing cold winters in the region. “Homo longi is very built and strong,” said Professor Xijun Ni of Hebei. “Its hard to estimate its height, but its huge head was probably resting on a body much larger than the average human body.”