March 15th, 2009

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'Peking Man' older than thought BBC News

By Paul Rincon
Science reporter, BBC News

Peking man cast (SPL)
Original Peking Man fossils were lost in World War II

Iconic ancient human fossils from China are 200,000 years older than had previously been thought, a study shows.

The new dating analysis suggests the "Peking Man" fossils, unearthed in the caves of Zhoukoudian are some 750,000 years old.

The discovery should help define a more accurate timeline for early humans arriving in North-East Asia.

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