China science, technology news summary — April 19

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BEIJING, April 19 (Xinhua) — The following is a summary of published science and technology news of China.

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JAWBONE FOSSIL DISCOVERY

Chinese archaeologists are using the latest technology to understand the lives of an ancient ancestor of human beings, based on a jawbone fossil found on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

By studying the fossil and sediments from the Baishiya Karst Cave in which the fossil was discovered, researchers have identified the jawbone as belonging to an extinct species of archaic human named Denisovan hominins that had previously only been found in Siberia.

ICE-BREAKING VESSEL

A seagoing buoy tender with an ice-breaking function, the first of its kind in China, tested water in Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei Province.

The Haixun 156, or Sea Patrol 156, has a displacement of 2,400 tonnes with a length of 74.9 meters and a width of 14.3 meters. It can break through ice as thick as 0.5 meters at a speed of 5 knots.

NAME OF MARS ROVER

China will announce the name of its first Mars rover on the Space Day of China, which falls on April 24.

Last month, three possible names emerged, with “Zhurong,” a fire god in ancient Chinese mythology, topping the list.



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