The Reading / Listening - Dragon Man - Level 2

Researchers showed an ancient skull to the world for the first time. The skull belongs to a new species of humans that lived in China 146,000 years ago. The species could be our closest relatives. The researchers nicknamed the person the skull came from "Dragon Man". It was originally found in the city of Harbin in 1933. The Chinese worker who found the skull decided to keep it safe from the Japanese army. He hid it at the bottom of his well. It stayed there for nearly 90 years. The man recently told his family about the skull. His family located it and gave it to scientists.

Dragon Man could change our understanding of human evolution. He was "a large-brained male in his 50s with deep-set eyes". He looked more like today's humans than other extinct members of the human family tree. Scientists say Dragon Man is closer to modern-day humans than Neanderthals were. Researcher Chris Stringer described 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 were coping with even harsher cold than the Neanderthals."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Dragon Man - Level 0 Dragon Man - Level 1   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. Researchers showed an ancient
  2. for the first
  3. The skull belongs to a new species
  4. our closest
  5. It was originally found in
  6. the Chinese worker who
  7. keep it safe from the
  8. His family located it and gave
  1. found the skull
  2. of humans
  3. relatives
  4. it to scientists
  5. skull to the world
  6. Japanese army
  7. time
  8. the city of Harbin

Paragraph 2

  1. change our understanding of human
  2. He was a large-brained male in
  3. deep-set
  4. He looked more like today's
  5. Dragon Man is closer to modern-
  6. This population would have been
  7. living off
  8. coping with even harsher
  1. the land
  2. humans
  3. hunter-gatherers
  4. evolution
  5. cold
  6. his 50s
  7. day humans
  8. eyes

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Researchers (1) ___________________ skull to the world for the first time. The skull belongs to (2) ___________________ of humans that lived in China 146,000 years ago. The species could be (3) ___________________. The researchers nicknamed the person the skull came from "Dragon Man". It was (4) ___________________ the city of Harbin in 1933. The Chinese worker who found the skull decided to keep it safe from the Japanese army. He (5) ___________________ the bottom of his well. It stayed there for nearly 90 years. The man recently told his family about the skull. His family (6) ___________________ gave it to scientists.

Dragon Man (7) ___________________ understanding of human evolution. He was "a (8) ___________________ in his 50s with deep-set eyes". He looked more like today's humans than other (9) ___________________ the human family tree. Scientists say Dragon Man is closer to (10) ___________________ than Neanderthals were. Researcher Chris Stringer described 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 were coping with (12) ___________________ than the Neanderthals."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Researchersshowedanancientskulltotheworldforthefirsttime.Thesk
ullbelongstoanewspeciesofhumansthatlivedinChina146,000yearsa
go.Thespeciescouldbeourclosestrelatives.Theresearchersnickname
dthepersontheskullcamefrom"DragonMan".Itwasoriginallyfoundint
hecityofHarbinin1933.TheChineseworkerwhofoundtheskulldecidedt
okeepitsafefromtheJapanesearmy.Hehiditatthebottomofhiswell.Its
tayedtherefornearly90years.Themanrecentlytoldhisfamilyaboutthe
skull.Hisfamilylocateditandgaveittoscientists.DragonMancouldchan
geourunderstandingofhumanevolution.Hewas"alarge-brainedmalei
nhis50swithdeep-seteyes".Helookedmoreliketoday'shumansthanot
herextinctmembersofthehumanfamilytree.ScientistssayDragonMa
nisclosertomodern-dayhumansthanNeanderthalswere.Researche
rChrisStringerdescribedDragonMan'sgroup.Hesaid:"Thispopulation
wouldhavebeenhunter-gatherers,livingofftheland.Fromthewinterte
mperaturesinHarbintoday,itlooksliketheywerecopingwithevenhars
hercoldthantheNeanderthals."

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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