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Peking Man used fire


New evidence found in China concludes that Peking Man was able to control and use fire 770,000 years ago.

Recent age determinations for the Zhoukoudian sequence have shown that Homo erectus pekinensis seems to have first occupied Locality 1 some 770,000 years ago, when climatic conditions in North China were relatively cold, perhaps prompting Homo erectus pekinensis to obtain more reliable sources of heat to defend against the extreme cold, and implying that through the production and management of fire, Middle Pleistocene hominins in North China survived conditions colder and less conducive to human occupation than at present.

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Story: Physorg | Photo: Zhong Maohua

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