A newly published scientific paper concludes partial skulls discovered in China provide evidence of a “hybrid” human who lived some 100,000 years ago.
The fossil find spotlighted in Science magazine, a publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is “up-ending ideas about human evolution,” reported News.com.au.
The skulls discovered in Xuchang, in central China, “appear to be hybrids of humans, Neanderthals – and a third race.”
The report said the integral characteristics are human because of “the large brain capacity, lightly built cranial vaults and modest bone rides on the brow, similar to early modern humans.” Further, there are features similar to humans from the Middle Pleistocene period, and they have inner ear structures like Eurasian Neanderthals.
Science magazine speculated that finger and other bone fragments, including fragments making up mostly of two skulls, come from “Denisovan,” a subspecies of human.
Palaeoanthropologist Maria Martinon-Torres said the skulls “definitely fit expectations about Denisovans,” which she described as having “an