Chinese scientists have unveiled an ancient skull that they believe could have belonged to a new species of human.
The new skull has been nicknamed “Dragon Man” due to its large size.
The scientists think the new skull might represents a human group that lived in East Asia at least 146,000 years ago.
It was found at Harbin, north-east China, in 1933, but only came to the attention of scientists more recently.
An analysis of the skull has been published in the journal The Innovation. The article says that the discovery has the potential to rewrite the story of human evolution.
Their analysis suggests that it is more closely related to Homo sapiens than it is to Neanderthals.
They have assigned the specimen to a new species: Homo longi, from the Chinese word “long”, meaning dragon.