Virtual reconstructions of the Xuchang 1 and 2 human crania, superimposed on the archeological site where they were discovered.

What 100,000-year-old human skulls are teaching us

Two partial archaic human skulls, from the Lingjing site, Xuchang, central China, provide a new window into the biology and populations patterns of the immediate predecessors of modern humans in eastern Eurasia. Securely dated to about 100,000 years ago, the Xuchang fossils present a mosaic of features.