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  • Dragon Bones: The Mystery of the Peking Man

    03/09/2013 3:07:58 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    TruTV ^ | prior to 2013 | Rachael Bell
    Probably the most interesting story yet, concerned a Chicago broker named Christopher Janus who was determined to solve the case of the missing fossils. Janus offered a $5,000 reward for the recovery of the Peking Man in the mid-1970s. He received an unusual response from an unidentified woman who claimed she had the fossils and demanded that they meet on the top of the Empire State Building in New York City. Janus curiosity was aroused and he met the woman at the designated spot. The woman claimed that her deceased husband, a Marine during World War II, returned home after...
  • Report from Former U.S. Marine Hints at Whereabouts of Long-Lost Peking Man Fossils

    03/29/2012 9:18:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Scientific American 'blogs ^ | March 22, 2012 | Kate Wong
    In the 1930s archaeologists working at the site of Zhoukoudian near Beijing recovered an incredible trove of partial skulls and other bones representing some 40 individuals that would eventually be assigned to the early human species Homo erectus. The bones, which recent estimates put at around 770,000 years old, constitute the largest collection of H. erectus fossils ever found. They were China's paleoanthropological pride and joy. And then they vanished. According to historical accounts, in 1941 the most important fossils in the collection were packed in large wooden footlockers or crates to be turned over to the U.S. military for...
  • Peking man differing from modern humans in brain asymmetry

    06/30/2011 3:22:33 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies · 1+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | June 28, 2011 | Institute of Vertebrae Paleontology and Paleoanthropology
    Compared with modern humans, Peking man's brain casts have small brain size, low height and low position of the greatest breadth, flat frontal and parietal lobes, depressed Sylvian areas, strong posterior projection of the occipital lobes, anterior positioning of the cerebellar lobes relative to the occipital lobes, and relative simplicity of the meningeal vessels. The study shows that the absolute hemisphere volumes and surface areas exhibited no significant asymmetries in the Peking man or in modern specimens. However, the relative hemisphere volumes against surface areas differed between the two groups, suggesting that brain asymmetries originated from relative brain sizes rather...
  • Unique Canine Tooth from 'Peking Man' Found in Swedish Museum Collection

    06/03/2011 2:50:29 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies · 1+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | May 26, 2011 | Uppsala University
    Swedish paleontologists were the first scientists to go to China in the early 20th century, and they carried out a series of expeditions in collaboration with Chinese colleagues. They found large numbers of fossils of dinosaurs and other vertebrates. The material was sent to Sweden and the well-known paleontologist Carl Wiman, who identified and described the fossils. But when the direction of research changed after Wiman's death, 40 cartons were left unopened and forgotten -- until know. In recent weeks, they have been opened by Per Ahlberg, his colleague Martin Kundrát, and Museum Director Jan Ove Ebbestad, who had drawn...
  • Did Peking Man wield a spear? New research suggests early humans were assembling weapons in China...

    04/30/2011 1:18:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Unreported Heritage News ^ | Wednesday, April 27, 2011 | Owen Jarus
    About 700,000 years ago, at a time when China's climate was chillier than it is today, a group of Homo erectus lived in a cave system in Zhoukoudian China. They had a striking appearance. With a heavy brow ridge, large robust teeth and a brain size approaching our own, these people had long since left Africa, their ancestors travelling thousands of kilometres into East Asia. Until recently scientists believed that they lived in more recent times, perhaps only 500,000 years ago. That idea was repudiated two years ago in the journal Nature, when a team of scientists used aluminum/beryllium dating...
  • Evidence for Use of Fire Found at Peking Man Site

    08/12/2009 12:16:08 PM PDT · by decimon · 17 replies · 532+ views
    CRIENGLISH.com ^ | Aug 11, 2009 | Unknown
    Archaeologists have discovered several vertebrate fossils, ashes, burned bones and charcoal remnants at the Zhoukoudian caves, also known as the "Peking Man" site, China News Service reported on Monday. The discovery proves that Peking man was able to use fire roughly 200-000 to 500,000 years ago, the article said. Many foreign experts once cast doubt on whether Peking Man could use fire at that time, because in past decades they found no direct evidence for its use. The recent archaeological discoveries directly refute their doubts, the article said.
  • 'Peking Man' older than thought

    03/12/2009 9:16:42 AM PDT · by BGHater · 22 replies · 840+ views
    BBC ^ | 11 Mar 2009 | Paul Rincon
    Iconic ancient human fossils from China are 200,000 years older than had previously been thought, a study shows. The new dating analysis suggests the "Peking Man" fossils, unearthed in the caves of Zhoukoudian are some 750,000 years old. The discovery should help define a more accurate timeline for early humans arriving in North-East Asia. A US-Chinese team of researchers has published its findings in the prestigious journal Nature. The cave system of Zhoukoudian, near Beijing, is one of the most important Palaeolithic sites in the world. Between 1921 and 1966, archaeologists working at the site unearthed tens of thousands of...
  • 100,000-year-old human skull found

    01/23/2008 11:48:22 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies · 716+ views
    China Daily ^ | Wednesday, January 23, 2008 | unattributed
    An almost complete human skull fossil that could date back 100,000 years was unearthed in Henan last month, Chinese archaeologists announced yesterday... The Henan find was made after two years of excavation at the site in Xuchang. Archaeologists have worked on an area of 260 sq m, merely one-hundredth of the Paleolithic site... The fossil consisted of 16 pieces of the skull with protruding eyebrows and a small forehead. More astonishing than the completeness of the skull is that it still has a fossilized membrane on the inner side, so scientists can track the nerves of the Paleolithic ancestors... The...