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Peking man skull cap. Fossilised cranium from the skull of Peking man (Homo erectus pekinensis, formerly Sinanthropus pekinensis). This specimen was discovered in the Zhoukoudian caves in China in the 1920s. Peking was the former name of Beijing. H. erectus was the most wide ranging of the hominids (relatives of humans) with the exception of modern humans. The finds from Africa and Europe are sometimes considered to be different species (H. ergaster and H. heidelbergensis respectively). H. erectus lived from around 1.6-0.3 million years ago. The Zhoukoudian cave finds have been dated at around 400,000-500,000 years old.
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