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Giants and Genes: Changing Views of Peking Man's Evolutionary Significance

Noel T. Boaz and Russell L. Ciochon

in Dragon Bone Hill

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195152913
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790036 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152913.003.0003
 Giants and Genes: Changing Views of Peking Man's Evolutionary Significance

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This chapter examines the twists and turns of the paleoanthropological interpretation of Peking Man: the first, largely fanciful and hopeful pronouncements; the more mature hypotheses based on the remarkably complete fossil remains; the comparative studies of Zhoukoudian with other sites and hominids from around the globe; and finally the understanding of Peking Man after all the pre-World War II fossils had been pulled out of the ground. The ideas that evolved as data accumulated from this remarkable site led to the modern conception of this unique human species.

Keywords: Peking Man; hominid fossils; paleoanthropology; Javan fossils; Homo erectus; bones; genes

Chapter.  7251 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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