Davidson Black Paleontology, paleobiology

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

The Story

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

 

 

Career ideas:

  • Paleontologist

The Person

Birthplace
Toronto, Ontario
Date of Death
March 15, 1934
Place of Death
Beijing, China
Title
Professor of Anatomy and Anthropology
Status
Deceased
Degrees
  • MD, University of Toronto, 1906
  • BA, U of Toronto, 1909
Awards
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Canada, 1932
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November 16, 2010
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