Archived Pages from 20th Century!!

The Fossil Evidence for Human Evolution in China
Dennis A. Etler
[Last Update: October 25, 1996]
Yunxian cranium
Click on image for article discussing the Yunxian 2 specimen

Table of Contents


This page introduces the fossil evidence for human evolution in China. At present it includes a catalog of Chinese human fossil remains consisting of: a picture gallery of important fossil specimens, maps detailing the distribution of human fossils, and a time line; links to other relevant sites dealing with paleontology, human evolution and Chinese prehistory; and other resources which may be useful for gaining a better understanding of China's role in the emergence of humankind. More features will be added in the near future

Catalog of Human Fossils from China

The fossil record of human evolution in China has increased dramatically within the last two decades. The following resources are meant to introduce both earlier and more recent fossil hominid discoveries from China. These include examples of the archaic human ancestor H. erectus; pre-modern forms of H. sapiens, which are intermediate in time and morphology between H. erectus and anatomically modern people; and early forms of fully modern H. sapiens known from China. In order to facilitate browsing this information you can go directly to page one of the picture gallery, or first go to the table of fossil specimens and locate the specimen (cataloged by province) you are interested in viewing, then click on its location name to jump to the picture gallery, where a photo and caption are available. You can also start out from the maps page or time-line. The latter two resources are client maintained "usemaps" configured for PCs using Windows 3.1 and Netscape 3.0. They may not be operational with other browsers or operating systems.

Position Papers and Full Length Articles


This Website is made possible by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Committee on Scholarly Communication with China and the L.S.B. Leakey Foundation. Its sponsoring organization, the Center for Study of Chinese Prehistory, is a non-profit, unincorporated California association.

Coming Attractions

More features to be added in the near future include improved graphics (color pictures), pages describing the Chinese Paleolithic and Neolithic, and a section reviewing research at the H. erectus site in Yunxian, Hubei.


Dr. DennisA. Etler

My research focuses on the paleoanthropology, Paleolithic archeology and Quaternary geology of China. Here I am seated with Prof. Jia Lanpo (center) of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, and Prof. Li Tianyuan (right) of the Hubei Archeological Institute, in Prof. Jia's study in Beijing.
Comments and suggestions for the improvement of this site are welcome.
Contents | Introduction | Catalog | Picture Gallery | Atlas | Time Line | Papers | Links | Pierre Teilhard de Chardin | Forum | Forum Log | CV | Research | Acknowledgements | Coming Attractions | WebMaster
Copyright © 1996 by Dennis A. Etler.
This site has been selected as a HOT Anthropology Website
by the Anthro grads at the University of California, Santa Barbara
"Only by integrating the past with the present can we consciously create the future"--your WebMaster DAE
You have been visitor number: 24414
Back to the top