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    100,000-year-old human skulls from east Asia reveal complex mix of trends in time, sp

    Two partial archaic human skulls, from the Lingjing site, Xuchang, central China, provide a new window into the biology and populations patterns of the immediate predecessors of modern humans in eastern Eurasia.

    Securely dated to about 100,000 years ago, the Xuchang fossils present a mosaic of features.

    With late archaic (and early modern) humans across the Old World, they share a large brain size and lightly built cranial vaults with modest brow ridges.
    With earlier (Middle Pleistocene) eastern Eurasian humans, they share a low and broad braincase, one that rounds onto the inferior skull.
    With western Eurasian Neandertals, they share two distinct features—the configuration of their semicircular canals and the detailed arrangement of the rear of the skull.



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    Another news article about this remains:

    http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/...led-denisovans

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    The only way to truly identify a Den*isovan is with DNA. IVPP paleogeneticist Qiaomei Fu says she tried to extract DNA from three pieces of the Xuchang fossils but without success.

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