The Reading / Listening - Dragon Man - Level 1

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."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Dragon Man - Level 0 Dragon Man - Level 2   or  Dragon Man - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57432104
  • https://asiatimes.com/2021/06/dragon-man-skull-offers-clues-to-human-evolution/
  • https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01738-w
  • https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-021-01738-w


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. a 146,000-year-
  2. for the first
  3. It is from a new species
  4. our closest
  5. The researchers nicknamed
  6. A Chinese worker found
  7. He hid it in his garden
  8. The man recently
  1. to keep it safe
  2. of humans
  3. told his family
  4. time
  5. the skull
  6. old skull
  7. the person
  8. relatives

Paragraph 2

  1. change what we know
  2. He looked more like
  3. other extinct
  4. the human family
  5. This population would have been
  6. living off the
  7. winter
  8. they lived with even harsher
  1. land
  2. tree
  3. temperatures
  4. today's humans
  5. cold
  6. members
  7. hunter-gatherers
  8. about evolution

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Researchers showed a 146,000-(1) ___________________ to the world for the first time. It is from (2) ___________________ of humans that could be our closest relatives. The researchers (3) ___________________ the skull came from "Dragon Man". A Chinese worker found the skull almost 90 years ago. He (4) ___________________ his garden to keep it safe from Japan's army. The man (5) ___________________ family about the skull. His family found it and (6) ___________________ scientists.

Dragon Man could change what we (7) ___________________. He looked more like today's humans (8) ___________________ members of the (9) ___________________. He is closer to modern-(10) ___________________ Neanderthals were. A researcher wrote about Dragon Man's group. He said: "This population would have been hunter-gatherers, living (11) ___________________. From the winter temperatures in Harbin today, it looks like they [lived] with even (12) ___________________ the Neanderthals."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Researchersshoweda146,000-year-oldskulltotheworldforthefirstt
ime.Itisfromanewspeciesofhumansthatcouldbeourclosestrelatives.
Theresearchersnicknamedthepersontheskullcamefrom"DragonMan
".AChineseworkerfoundtheskullalmost90yearsago.Hehiditinhisgard
entokeepitsafefromJapan'sarmy.Themanrecentlytoldhisfamilyabou
ttheskull.Hisfamilyfounditandgaveittoscientists.DragonMancouldch
angewhatweknowaboutevolution.Helookedmoreliketoday'shumans
thanotherextinctmembersofthehumanfamilytree.Heisclosertomode
rn-dayhumansthanNeanderthalswere.AresearcherwroteaboutDrag
onMan'sgroup.Hesaid:"Thispopulationwouldhavebeenhunter-gat
herers,livingofftheland.FromthewintertemperaturesinHarbintoday,
itlookslikethey[lived]withevenharshercoldthantheNeanderthals."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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