The largest ancient human skull ever found belongs to a new species previously unknown to science, according to three blockbuster papers published on Saturday (NZ time).
Homo longi, which translates to ‘Dragon Man’, is even more closely related to us than the Neanderthals according to Chris Stringer, a paleoanthropologist at the Natural History Museum in London. 
He is one of the scientists behind a new study into a skull known as the ‘Harbin cranium’, which has been kept at the Geoscience Museum in Hebei GEO University.
Found in the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin in the 1930s, the skull is about the same size as a modern human’s but has a wider mouth, “huge” teeth, thick brow ridges and – most curiously – massive, almost square-shaped eye sockets. 
“The Harbin fossil is one of the most complete human cranial fossils in the world,” said co-author Qiang Ji, a professor of paleontology of Hebei GEO University.
“This fossil preserved many morphological details that are critical for understanding the evolution of the Homo genus and the origin of Homo sapiens.”