Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian
Inscribed :1987 Criteria: C (iii) (vi); 

Justification for Inscription: 
Report of the 11th Session of the Committee

Brief description:
Scientific work at the site, 42 kilometres southwest of Beijing is still underway. So far, it has led to the discovery of the remains of Sinanthropus pekinensis, who lived in the middle Pleistocene era, along with various objects, and the remains of Homo sapiens sapiens, dating as far back as 18,000 to 11,000 B.C. The site is not only an exceptional reminder of the human societies of the Asian continent very long ago, but also illustrates the process of evolution. 

Links with Partner Institutions:
Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Proceedings of 1999 International Symposium on Paleoanthropology

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