BEIJING, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) — The following is a summary of published science and technology news of China.
NEW RODENT SPECIES
Chinese scientists have discovered ancient fossils in northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region and confirmed them as a new species of rodent.
The new species, named Yuomys robustus, is the largest in build and has strongest teeth among all known species of Yuomys, said Gong Hao with the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the first author of the study.
MAPPING MONKEY BRAIN
Chinese researchers have developed a high-throughput method for mapping the entire brain of the rhesus monkey at micrometer resolution.
This is currently the clearest view of the three-dimensional structure of a rhesus monkey’s brain, said Bi Guoqiang, professor at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) and the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (SIAT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, adding that it also marks an important step toward further understanding of the human brain.
TOMB OF LOVERS
Archaeologists have recently published studies on a tomb of lovers hugging each other dating back to the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534) more than 1,600 years ago, according to Jilin University.
The tomb was first excavated in Datong City, north China’s Shanxi Province, in 2020. The couple lay in a single coffin buried in the same grave. The male had his arms wrapped around his lover’s waist while the female partner nestled against his chest with her head on his shoulder. The researcher also found a silver ring on the ring finger of her left hand.