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Homo erectus pekinensis
Fossil range: Pleistocene
Sinathropus pekinensis
Scientific classification

Domain:

Eukarya

Kingdom:

Animalia

Phylum:

Chordata

Subphylum:

Vertebrata

Class:

Mammalia

Order:

Primates

Family:

Hominidae

Genus:

Homo

Species:

H. erectus

Subspecies:

H. e. pekinensis

Trinomial name:

Homo erectus pekinensis
Black, 1927

Synonyms:

  • Sinanthropus pekinensis

Peking Man, also called Sinanthropus pekinensis (currently Homo erectus pekinensis), is an example of Homo erectus. A group of fossil specimens was discovered in 1923-27 during excavations at Zhoukoudian (Chou K'ou-tien) near Beijing (known as Peking at that time), China. More recently, the finds have been dated from roughly 500,000 years ago[1], although a new 26Al/10Be dating suggests they may be as much as 680,000-780,000 years old.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ian Tattersall. "Out of Africa again...and again?". Scientific American 276 (4): 60–68. 
  2. ^ Shen, G; Gao, X; Gao, B; Granger, De (Mar 2009). "Age of Zhoukoudian Homo erectus determined with (26)Al/(10)Be burial dating". Nature 458 (7235): 198–200. doi:10.1038/nature07741. ISSN 0028-0836. PMID 19279636. 


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