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Did We Find a New Species of Ancient Humans?

Who is Dragon Man? He’s not a Neanderthal or a Homo erectus. Scientists finally studied a skull up close recently, and found the ancient bones found in the 1930s may belong to someone from a group of humans that lived in East Asia at least 146,000 years ago.

Dragon Man was found in 1933 in Harbin, northeast China, but it was only recently that his bones were studied. Professor Chris Stringer of London’s Natural History Museum helped conduct the study. Stringer reported that the species was one that was not going to evolve into modern humans, but lived as a separate type of human.

Researchers think Dragon Man had square eye-sockets, thick brow ridges, a wide mouth, and oversized teeth. The cranium was larger than most homo sapiens and likely had a brain the size of our current species. Scientists also believe Dragon Man was stronger and sturdier.

One researcher believes the Dragon Man belongs to an ancient group of humans called the Denisovans. Others think he came from Neanderthals and Homo sapiens. Whatever scientists eventually discover about the man, they all say he can change the known story of human evolution.

Tragedy in Miami

The Champlain Towers South building in Surfside, Florida recently collapsed. Nine people died in the accident and more than 150 people are still missing as the search continues. The Army Corps of Engineers were sent in to investigate what happened and why. The tower was built in 1981.

According to one person with several units on the property, inspectors said the building was in “okay shape.” But in 2018, an issue was found. An engineering company released a report that waterproofing under the pool deck had failed. The decking had been wrongly installed, allowing water to stand and not drain away. The report warned this was “causing major structural damage” to the concrete slabs below.

This is just one possible cause of the collapse, but it’s still unclear what really happened. Right now, the focus is still on finding and rescuing anyone still missing.

“We are working 24-hours a day non-stop, nothing else on our mind, with the only objective of pulling their family members out of that rubble safely,” said Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett. “That’s what we’re doing and we’re not going to stop doing that, not today, not tomorrow, not the next day. We’re going to keep going until everybody is out.”

The Vice President Visits the Border

Kamala Harris

Air Force Two carried the vice president from Washington, D.C. to El Paso, Texas. President Biden appointed Vice President Kamala Harris the “border czar,” which means she is in charge of the border. She visited the border to see what is going on with the many migrants who are crossing into the U.S. illegally.

When she landed in El Paso, she was greeted by political protesters.

The vice president spoke briefly and then took questions from reporters. She explained that she was following the plan of getting to the “root causes” of the crisis and that visiting Guatemala and Mexico was step one in the long process of fixing the situation.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott insisted that the vice president was avoiding her duties by staying in El Paso and not visiting the two border towns Del Rio and McAllen, which don’t have a wall protecting them.

Ms. Harris asked that “finger-pointing” stop and people work together for a solution.

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