Researchers showed a 146,000-year-old skull to the world for the first time. It is from a new species of humans that could be our closest relatives. The researchers nicknamed the person the skull came from "Dragon Man". A Chinese worker found the skull almost 90 years ago. He hid it in his garden to keep it safe from Japan's army. The man recently told his family about the skull. His family found it and gave it to scientists.
Dragon Man could change what we know about evolution. He looked more like today's humans than other extinct members of the human family tree. He is closer to modern-day humans than Neanderthals were. A researcher wrote about Dragon Man's group. He said: "This population would have been hunter-gatherers, living off the land. From the winter temperatures in Harbin today, it looks like they [lived] with even harsher cold than the Neanderthals."