(ORDO NEWS) — The Department of Culture and Tourism of the Chinese province of Hubei announced that the study of the skull of Homo erectus, which is considered the most intact specimen of Eurasia, has begun.
It was found on May 18 at an early Paleolithic excavation site. Archaeologists had to remove it from the soil in which it was located for six months. Scientists have also removed animal fossils from the soil that turned out to be nearby.
The head of the excavation, Lu Chengqiu, said that the researchers had already created more than 20 three-dimensional models and taken over 200,000 photographs.
Researcher Gao Xing from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences said that the skull will provide important information about the evolution of Homo erectus, its origin and development in East Asia.
A significant number of stone tools were found at the excavation site. This indicates that people of that time knew how to hunt and make tools for their needs.
Elephant, horse and cattle bones were also found.
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