Topic ID #37206 - posted 7/17/2016 8:00 PM

How China Is Rewriting the Book on Human Origins


Fossil finds in China are challenging ideas about the evolution of modern humans and our closest relatives.

On the outskirts of Beijing, a small limestone mountain named Dragon Bone Hill rises above the surrounding sprawl. Along the northern side, a path leads up to some fenced-off caves that draw 150,000 visitors each year, from schoolchildren to grey-haired pensioners. It was here, in 1929, that researchers discovered a nearly complete ancient skull that they determined was roughly half a million years old. Dubbed Peking Man, it was among the earliest human remains ever uncovered, and it helped to convince many researchers that humanity first evolved in Asia.


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