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Peking Man: The New Skulls and the Evolutionary Problem

Nature volume 139, pages 261262 (13 February 1937) | Download Citation



ALL but ten years have elapsed since the investigations initiated through the palseon-tological researches of Dr. J. G. Andersson of the Chinese Geological Survey culminated in the identification of Peking man. It was in 1927 that the late Dr. Davidson Black boldly, on the evidence of a tooth, differentiated a new genus of man, Sinanthropus pekinensis. His temerity was fully justified two years later when in December 1929, Mr. W. C. Pei found the first skull of Peking man in the cave of Choukoutien; but it is only now, after the discovery of the three new skulls in November last, which are described by Prof. Franz Weidenreich in this issue of NATURE (see p. 269), that it is possible to appreciate in something like true perspective the momentous character of Dr. Davidson Black's first diagnosis.

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