Evidence of Hominin Use and Maintenance of Fire at Zhoukoudian

  title={Evidence of Hominin Use and Maintenance of Fire at Zhoukoudian},
  author={Xing Gao and Shuangquan Zhang and Yue Zhang and Fuyou Chen},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={S267 - S277}
Evidence for “controlled use of fire” by Homo erectus pekinensis at Zhoukoudian Locality 1 was initially discovered in the early 1930s and was widely accepted as the earliest such record in human evolutionary history for more than half a century. However, since the mid-1980s, this evidence has been questioned. Some of the questions were based on new research results, including geochemical and taphonomic studies conducted in the 1990s. Others are hypothetical and to some extent stem from a… Expand
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