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'Peking Man' is older than scientists thought

March 14, 2009|Times Staff and Wire Reports

New dating techniques suggest that the remains of so-called Peking Man -- a batch of Homo erectus fossils found in the 1920s -- are 200,000 years older than previously calculated.

That suggests he was probably the oldest cold-weather inhabitant in human ancestry, according to the research in Thursday's edition of the journal Nature. During a glacial period about 770,000 years ago, the average yearly temperature in northern China, where he was found, would have hovered around the freezing mark.

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