By Natural Philosopher Mike Prestwood
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Homo longi: Rewriting Human Migration Narratives

Homo longi: Rewriting Human Migration Narratives

From Year 0 (BCE/CE): -146000
Post Date: 05/06/2024

In the lush landscapes of northeastern China, the discovery of the Homo longi skull has opened new chapters in our understanding of human evolution. This skull, dating back to approximately 146,000 years ago, represents a pivotal moment in prehistory. Homo longi, also nicknamed “Dragon Man,” showcases a unique blend of archaic and modern traits—marked by a large, broad face and pronounced brow ridges. This solitary but exceptionally well-preserved fossil suggests that Homo longi could have emerged as a distinct species much earlier, potentially around 200,000 to 300,000 years ago. The timing and features of Homo longi indicate it might represent an earlier migration out of Africa, preceding or running concurrent with other known migrations. The implications extend further, hinting at a possible influence from Homo antecessor, which may have shaped the evolutionary path of humans more profoundly than previously recognized. The Homo longi fossil, while singular, provides a critical piece of the puzzle in tracing the intricate web of human ancestry and migration across continents.

Size: 5’5″ (Tentative. This is based on a single fossil find.)
Brain Size: 1400-1750 cc (larger than Homo sapiens at 1300-1400 cc)
Brain to Body EQ: unknown (Homo sapien is 7.4 to 7.8)
Imagined image: Homo longi man, blending modern and Neanderthal-sapien features such as a large and broad face, pronounced brow ridges, and a prominent nose. This representation suggests an early migration out of Africa, positing that Homo antecessor may have influenced modern human appearances sooner than previously thought.
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