Houston Archeological Society presents The Early Archeology and Paleoanthropology of China
The September meeting of the Houston Archeological Society will feature long-time HAS member, Wilson W. "Dub" Crook, who will give a presentation on “The Early Archeology and Paleoanthropology of China”.
Beginning in the 1920s and 1930s, China has been the location of a number of major discoveries of some of the oldest hominid sites outside of Africa. This includes the discovery of the famous “Peking Man” and “Lantian Man” fossils. More recently, joint teams from China and the United States have been exploring new sites west of Beijing in the Nihewan Basin which date from 1.0-1.6 million years old. A new site near Lantian in central China has been tentatively dated at 2.1 million years old. If the date is confirmed, it will mark the oldest site anywhere in the world outside of Africa and completely alter the long-held “Out of Africa” theory of the spread of humans across the world.