In China, a skull with unique features fascinates researchers. This fossil from 300,000 years ago cannot currently belong to other subspecies of the genus Homosexual, from Neanderthal knowledgeable Coming from Denisova’s man, this skull appears to revive the debate surrounding classification within the long history of human evolution.
The evolution of the human species is a long, bumpy story that anthropologists spend years trying to unravel. In China, the discovery of SkullSkull To say the least the unusual features raised questions within the scientific community. In a study to be published in September 2023 Human Development JournalA consortium of researchers provides some details after more than three years of testing carried out on this strange fossil, coolly christened HDL6. On the source of the questions raised by scientists: a skeleton that presents similarities with the shape of the skull.knowledgeable but preserving some archaic features that predate contemporary humans.
Neither Homo sapiens nor Neanderthal humans
It was in eastern China’s Huanlongdong province where archaeologists unearthed 16 individuals in 2019. Using various dating techniques, experts determine the age of the excavated skeletons at approximately 300,000 years. In residues, HDL 6 scalp. it comes from the last one HominidaeHominidae He was 12 or 13 years old at his death, and this directly affects his discoverers. If it is partially destroyed, its overall shape remains the samea wise man, But looking at the bone of the lower jaw called jawjawThe scientists noted the unusual growth, described as “archaic”.
till Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS, Chinese Academy of Sciences), then begins a treasure hunt that lasts several hundred years PleistocenePleistocene average. The researchers are looking at human fossils from this period, which dates back to between 774,000 and 129,000 years BC. However, despite morphological analysis, the matter remains a mystery. With the help of colleagues based at other universities around the world, the Chinese scientists have been unable to establish a relationship between HDL6 and other skeletons preserved to date.
Towards a New Classification?
The question of development in Asia is an issue of importance to Chinese researchers. With its unique features, how to classify HDL 6? the skulls don’t matcha wise man nor the man NeanderthalNeanderthal, then the gaze turns to a more recent discovery. In 2010, anthropologists named Homo denisovensis Based on the discovery of a new type of hominid arrayarray dating back more than 40,000 years. The claims about Denisova Man, whose remains have been found in Siberia and only a few kilometers from Mongolia and China, have interested scientists working on HDL6. But again, it is impossible to establish a relationship between Huandonglong’s skull andHomo denisovensis,
HDL 6 may have found itself at a crossroads between many subspeciessubspecies kind of Homosexual Settled in China during the Middle Pleistocene, 300,000 years ago. In the complexities of studying human evolution, HDL6 should remain a popular object of study as well as remain interesting. At present, a unique specimen survives, the characteristics of which have not been seen in any other fossilfossil,
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