Tim Jones, of Remote Central, is on top of the ball. He’s been nailing down some awesome anthropology news lately. This is one of the ones that caught my eye recently. You know of Wushan Man? Wushan Man is the name given to a lower jawbone fragment and an incisor as well as more than 230 pieces of stone tools excavated from Wushan county in the Chongqing municipality.
Excavations started in 1985, and in the last 10 years or so, Huang Banbo of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and his team have been redating the site. Their preliminary reports have made the news. So far the evidences corroborates the geological layer containing the Wushan Man fossils to be as old as 2 million to 2.04 million years,
“They found more stone tools and animal fossils dating back 2 million years in the same stratigraphic interval in which Wushan Man fossils were found before, and also in the upper layers.”
If this is true, that means Wushan is currently the oldest hominin in Asia. The new date puts it 300,000 years older than Yuanmou Man.