|25 November 2014
Possible Paleolithic site in Northeastern China
Chinese archeologists have recently discovered an ancient human occupation site in Dalian, Northeast China's Liaoning province. Animal skeletons were first discovered at a quarry in Luotuoshan Mountain last December, by Guo Chengwan, a retired mine worker. After several field investigations by the Dalian Museum of National History, the experts proved that the finds were of great scientific value.
A joint archeological team of experts from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Pale anthropology of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Dalian Museum of Natural History was established in August to carry out a another dig at the site. So far more than 1000 important specimens and over ten thousand fragment samples have been discovered. According to the preliminary research, the characteristics of fauna composition at Luotuoshan Mountain site resembled those found at the Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian in Beijing. The team estimated that the specimens at Luotuoshan Mountain can be traced back to 50,000 or 30,000 years ago.
"We have also found dozens of stone artifacts and objects made of horn, as well as skeleton fossils of large-scale herbivores with human cutting and chopping traces," paleoanthropologist Huang Wei said. "It proves that the spot was a very important ancient human activity site." From the evidence collected, experts said that the site may be the oldest in northeastern China.
Edited from China.org.cm (18 November 2014)
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