A reconstruction of Homo longi, also known as dragon man
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There are a lot of different kinds of uncertainty in science. Sometimes the uncertainty comes from having very little data. For instance, we know very little about the first couple million years of hominin evolution, because from that time period we have only a few specimens: the 7-million-year-old Sahelanthropus tchadensis, the 6-million-year-old Orrorin tugenensis and …