China Hails “Greatest Discovery Since Peking Man” – Nick Macfie

skull_fossil.jpgTwo Chinese archaeologists made an important scientific discovery after unearthing a near-complete human skull in Xuchang. From Reuters:

An almost complete human skull fossil that could date back 100,000 years has been unearthed in China, state media said on Wednesday, hailing it as the greatest discovery since Peking Man.

Last month’s find in Xuchang, in the central province of Henan, was made after two years of excavation just as two archaeologists were leaving for the Lunar New Year break, the China Daily said.

[…] The fossil consists of 16 pieces of the skull with protruding eyebrows and a small forehead. [Full text]


[Image: Pieces of an ancient human skull fossil unearthed in Henan province last month. The almost complete human skull fossil, which could date back 100,000 years, was unearthed in China, state media said on Wednesday, hailing it as the greatest discovery since Peking Man. From Reuters/Handout/State Administration of Cultural Heritage via China Daily.]

January 23, 2008, 12:05 AM
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