On the possible use of fire by Homo erectus at Zhoukoudian, China

  title={On the possible use of fire by Homo erectus at Zhoukoudian, China},
  author={M. Zhong and C. Shi and Xing Gao and Xiujie Wu and Fuyou Chen and Shuangquan Zhang and Xingkai Zhang and J. Olsen},
  journal={Chinese Science Bulletin},
For decades, the so-called Peking Man (Homo erectus pekinensis) at Zhoukoudian has been considered to be a hominin that engaged in the controlled production and management of fire. However, relatively recent analyses have cast doubt on this assertion. The most compelling reason for this doubt was the absence of siliceous aggregates in the Zhoukoudian deposits. This study presents evidence establishing the controlled use of fire by Homo erectus pekinensis through analyses of four soil samples… Expand
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