"Peking Man" was able to use fire 200,000 to 500,000 years ago

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Washington, August 12 (ANI): A team of archaeologists has come across evidence which proves that the "Peking Man" was able to use fire roughly 200-000 to 500,000 years ago.

"Peking Man" is referred to a group of fossil specimens, hundreds of thousands of years old, discovered in 1923-27 during excavations at Zhoukoudian near Beijing (at that time known as Peking), in China.

Archaeologists have now discovered several vertebrate fossils, ashes, burned bones and charcoal remnants at the Zhoukoudian caves, also known as the "Peking Man" site.

The discovery proves that Peking man was able to use fire roughly 200-000 to 500,000 years ago.

Many foreign experts once cast doubt on whether Peking Man could use fire at that time, because in past decades they found no direct evidence for its use.

The recent archaeological discoveries directly refute their doubts.

Nearly 1,000 vertebrate fossils and a collection of stone tools were found at the excavation site about 45 km southwest of Beijing, according to Gao Xing, vice-director of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP).

The excavation started on June 24 and will last four months. Archaeologists aim to protect the site's environment and conduct multi-subject research. (ANI)

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