Peking Man


Peking Man, or Homo erectus pekinensis, refers to a population of Homo erectus that settled in what is now China between 780,000 and 680,000 years ago. Many artistic reconstructions portray them with modern East Asian-like physical characteristics, but I consider this unlikely since they probably weren’t ancestors of any modern humans living in the region today. Rather, modern humans in China, like all Homo sapiens outside of Africa, are primarily descended from a later migration out of Africa that post-dates Homo erectus by several hundred millennia. So however Peking Man would have looked, it’s doubtful it would have necessarily resembled modern Asian people.

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