China to excavate Peking Man site again in hopes of finding more fossils

Published on May 4th, 2009 | by Admin


Chinese scientists are launching another excavation at a cave where the first Peking Man skull was found in hopes of finding more relics of ape men who were believed to live as early as 770,000 years ago.

Peking Man was previously believed to have lived 400,000 to 500,000 years ago, but Chinese scientists, using a new radioactive dating method, said this year they could have lived as far back as770,000 years ago. The finding was published in London-based science journal ‘Nature’ in March.

Excavations at the Peking Man Site had yielding more than 200 human fossils, 100,000 pieces of stoneware and animal fossils of 98 mammal species and 62 bird species, according to Gao.

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