Yuan Mou Man

Yuanmou lies at the south bank of Jinsha River. On geology "Yuanmou" geological stratum is worldly known for its typical Pleistocene stratum. In the early 20th century, American experts on ancient-biology and geology proposed a hypothesis that mankind was originated in Asian Plateau, which inspired many scientists and investigation groups from other countries to come to China for exploring.

In 1965, in order to build Chengdu-Kunming Railway, the state Geology Ministry sent an exploring team to Yuanmou Basin of Yunnan to carry out field-prospecting. The team found two remote ancient human tooth-fossils under a mount in a village.

In 1973, units and departments concerned made a lot of excavations at this site, acquiring 17 pieces of stone implements, and carried out scientific appraisals, and then ensured that Yuanmou Man was in the early Era of Pleistocene (2.5 million-1.5million years ago). After that the international authoritative organizations on geology applied the most advanced technology to exam and further confirmed that the age of Yuanmou Man is 1.7 million years ago.


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