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The secrets of Xuchang Man / by Gong Jie, March 31, 2017 Adjust font size:


Stone tools used by Xuchang Man [Photo/Beijing News] 

Good living condition of Xuchang Man

Li said that the owners of the skulls were good hunters who had fashioned stone blades out of quartz.

There were also the bones of ancient horses and cattle, as well as now-extinct woolly rhinoceros and giant deer, strewn around the site.

He speculated that Xuchang Man killed the animals with stone balls and cut them with stone blades.

"Their life was good. At least they could eat meat," said Li.

Disappearance of Xuchang Man

Li found that Xuchang Man's tracks disappeared in the ruins after the latest ice age in the Quaternary Period (50,000 to 70,000 years ago).

"Xuchang Man lived in a warm age, and the warm weather will have boosted population growth," said Lyu Houyuan, an expert in the palaeoenvironment.

"I have no idea where Xuchang Man moved during that ice age, but they might have migrated due to climate change," said Li.

Therefore, it is still unclear whether there is a connection between the modern humans and Xuchang Man.

Li said that he will continue the excavation and hopes to find some human teeth in the site that will provide an opportunity for DNA testing.

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