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Peking Man Site

Discovered in Zhoukoudian village, Peking Man was listed as a world cultural heritage site in 1987. Lying about 50 km southwest of Beijing, Zhoukoudian is a small village which is famous for the remains of the so-called Peking Man. This Chinese apeman had lived in the big cave for about 300,000 years intermittently, 670,000 to 410,000 years ago.  Embraced by a chain of mountains from the northwest and rolling hills from the northeast, the village opens to the vast Huabei plains.

The exposure of sedimentary strata around Zhoukoudian is quite extraordinary, especially those of the Pliocene and Pleistocene, attracting geologists to visit the area. On the other hand, the area also bears rich Ordovician limestone with which the local habitants make lime. It is by quarrying the limestone that local habitants find the so-called Dragon Bones also named fossils by scientists in some fissures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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