A Man-Dragon skull discovered in China, a new human species?

Chinese researchers have discovered a skull that may belong to an entirely new human species that appeared after the Homo Sapiens in the evolutionary chain of human species.

In the magazine Innovation, we learn that the skull was found in Harbin, northeast China, in 1933 but has only recently gained the attention of researchers. The “Dragon Man” is believed to be part of a human group that lived in East Asia at least. 146,000 years, knowing that the Homo Sapiens (us) appeared about 300,000 years ago. His nickname dragon man is used in his scientific name: In a most, from the Chinese word “long”, which means dragon.

Are we going to rewrite the history of human evolution?

An incredible discovery of a “recent” human species that ended up extinct as Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum in London explains to the BBC: “What you have here is a distinct branch of humanity which is not on its way to becoming Homo sapiens (our species), but represents a long, separate lineage that evolved in the region for several hundred thousand years and eventually became extinct.

This human had a huge skull compared to the average skulls of other species, so large that it was almost the size of our brain which has grown enormously since the beginning of the species. A fact that has the potential to rewrite the history of evolution human since this species is more related to Homo sapiens than to Neanderthals, as The NewScientist explains.

The fossil is very well preserved, a chance to be able to study and analyze the elements that can differentiate this species from ours or from other humans: large, almost square eye sockets, thick browbones, a wide mouth, and oversized teeth. A mix between more primitive species and Homo sapiens.

An unusual discovery

The scientists’ joy at discovering this unique species was somewhat marred by the manner in which the discovery was made. The skull was reportedly discovered in 1933 by a construction worker helping to build a bridge over the Songhua River.

As the NYTimes explains, the city was under Japanese occupation at the time and the worker, suspecting the value of the object hastened to bring it home to hide it in a place where nobody could find it. This was the case for the next 80 years, until he told his family about it before his death and told them to go look in a then.

A new human species? The debate rages on!

A discovery which therefore could not be framed scientifically and which does not allow researchers today to understand this human, his ecosystem, his life and his way of socializing.

However, the find can be linked to other fossils found in China which doubted for a long time to know what species they came from: Homo sapiens, Neanderthals, Denisovans or a new species? The debate is still ongoing and many people think that the Dragon Man is in fact a representative of the Denisovans or even a primitive species of a new human from this region …

As Xijun Ni, professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences concludes: “The results will generate a lot of debate and I’m sure a lot of people won’t agree with us. But that’s science and it’s because we don’t agree that science is advancing.