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Fossil remains of Peking Man

Fossil remains of Peking Man

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JOHN READER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY JOHN READER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Peking Man. Fossil casts, showing a skull, jaw fragments and teeth of Peking Man, Homo erectus pekinensis, found in the Choukoudian caves near Zhoukoudian, 25 miles south-west of Peking. The remains are dated around the period of hominid occupation of these caves between 460,000 to 230,000 thousand years ago. The Peking remains were found between 1921 and 1937, together with animal remains and crude 'chopper' tools made of imported quartz. The original fossils were lost during the second World War. Casts of most of the originals had been made and studied extensively by Weidenreich who carried them safely out of China in 1941.

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