Peking Man

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Peking Man
Temporal range: Pleistocene
Peking Man.jpg
Bust of Peking Man on permanent display at Zhoukoudian
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Hominidae
Genus: Homo
Species: H. erectus

Peking Man (currently Homo erectus pekinensis) is an example of Homo erectus. The remains were first found between in 1923 and 1937 during excavations at Zhoukoudian near Beijing, in China.

In 2009 the finds were dated from roughly 750,000 years ago,[1] and a new 26Al/10Be dating suggests they are in the range of 680,000–780,000 years old.[2][3]

The original fossils disappeared in 1941, but casts and descriptions remain.

References[change | change source]

  1. Paul Rincon (2009). "'Peking Man' older than thought". BBC News. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  2. Shen, G; Gao, X; Gao, B; Granger, De (2009). "Age of Zhoukoudian Homo erectus determined with (26)Al/(10)Be burial dating". Nature 458 (7235): 198–200. doi:10.1038/nature07741. ISSN 0028-0836. PMID 19279636. 
  3. "'Peking Man' older than thought". BBC News. 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2010.