Davidson Black

Paleontology, paleobiology

Identified a new species of ancient human, “Peking Man”

While head of the department of anatomy and honorary co-director of the Cenozoic Research Lab of Peking Medical Union College, Black identified a new species of ancient human, Sinanthropus pekinensis, from fossils found at Chou Kou Tien (Zhoukoudian) near Beijing, China. His research on “Peking Man” became the basis for contemporary knowledge about human evolution.

Sources: The Canadian Encyclopedia 1988; Encyclopedia of Canadiana, 1977; Image: U of T’s Brief History of Anthropology website



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