Massive human head in Chinese well forces scientists to rethink evolution

A remarkable scientific discovery has been made in China. Researchers say they have found the skull of what they believe is  a new species of human, which could be our closest evolutionary relative. If confirmed, ‘Dragon Man,’ as he’s been named, would replace the Neanderthals as our sister species.

‘Dragon man’ in his habitat
Dragon man’ in his habitat.Photograph: Chuang Zhao

The discovery of a huge fossilised 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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