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The discovery of ancient human bones in Tianyuan Cave, in Zhoukoudian, Beijing, 10 years ago caused a sensation. They showed Tianyuan Man died about 40,000 years ago.
It was the first time that early human remains had been found in the area since the discovery of Peking Man in 1920s. But Peking Man's skull and other specimens were lost in the chaos of the Japanese invasion during the second world war.
The method worked, and the results solved some suspenseful scientific puzzles about Tianyuan man. Although some Chinese researchers had theorised that he was an ancestor of present-day Chinese, the scarcity of bones made it a wild guess at best. But the DNA results confirmed it, showing that Tianyuan Man was not only an ancestor of Han Chinese but also of many people in Asia, including Thais and Koreans. He was also quite similar to Native Americans.
"He was also quite similar to Native Americans."
Originally posted by SLAYER69
. He was also quite similar to Native Americans.
Originally posted by neo96
Just because they said he looked like native Americans don't read any more in to that as with most ethincities looks can be deceiving.
40,000 years long time to be worried about dna contamination.
edit on 18-2-2013 by neo96 because: (no reason given)
It also suggested that people in China at the time were already different from Europeans.
Originally posted by beezzer
reply to post by SLAYER69
I find it fascinating that we know more about our planet and it's inhabitants from 65 million years ago than we do from 40,000 years ago.
Another brilliant find!