Asian Scientist Magazine’s June 2021 Roundup

Across Asia, scientists are uncovering the paths walked by ancient animals and looking for new ways to tackle dengue and climate change.

Dragon Man Discovery Rewrites Evolutionary History

The ‘Dragon Man’ skull uncovered by researchers from China could be a new species more closely related to modern humans than Neanderthals.

Fossilized Fireplace Holds Clues To ‘Hobbit’ Extinction

An ancient fireplace found in Liang Bua in Indonesia sheds new light on the demise of Homo floresiensis, the diminutive cousins of modern humans.

Mongol Empire Expansion Hindered By Wet Weather

Even mighty empires in history were at the mercy of Mother Nature—researchers theorize that the Mongol army withdrew from Hungary in 1242 CE due to sudden cold, wet conditions.

Ice Age Eurasians Lost Neanderthal DNA As They Migrated

Upon arrival in Europe some 45,000 years ago, ancient Eurasians began to lose some of their Neanderthal DNA, study shows.

Primate Fossils In China Tell Story Of Ancient Climate Change

The bone fragments of six ancient primate species reveal that anthropoid primates sought warmer Asian climates for survival.

Neanderthal-Human Interbreeding Occurred Earlier Than Previously Thought

Researchers have identified when Neanderthals and modern humans interbred, and it is tens of thousands of years earlier than previous scientific estimates.