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New Human Evolution Findings from Natural History Museum Described

June 3, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at China Weekly News -- A new study on Life Science Research is now available. According to news reporting originating in Guangxi, People's Republic of China, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "The Bose (also Baise) Basin in Guangxi, southern China is well known for the presence of Paleolithic bifacially worked implements. The Bose Basin handaxes came to the attention of the international scientific community primarily for two reasons: 1) the age at 803 ka (thousands of years), places it at the Early to Middle Pleistocene transition; and 2) the presence of bifaces tests the validity of the Movius Line and whether it was time to simply discard the model."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from Natural History Museum, "However, questions were almost immediately raised because the age was based on the supposed association of Australasian tektites that may or may not have been redeposited, and at the time of the initial publications all of the Bose Basin handaxes were surface collected. Thus, whether the Bose bifaces can necessarily be associated with the tektites and whether the tektites themselves were redeposited are important considerations. Here, we report the findings from recent excavations from the Fengshudao site located in the Bose Basin. The primary findings are: 1) the in situ excavation of tektites, which do not appear to have been redeposited, in association with bifaces from one stratigraphic level from one site indicates that the age of these stone tools should be around 803 ka; 2) the Fengshudao hominins were utilizing locally-available quartz, quartzite, and sandstone river cobbles; and 3) in a number of aspects, the Fengshudao handaxe morphology differs from the typical western Acheulean, and are quite large and thick compared with even the bifaces from other regions of eastern Asia (e.g., Luonan Basin, China; Imjin/Hantan River Basins, Korea)."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Although Fengshudao may be a case of western Acheulean hominins dispersing into the Bose Basin from nearby South Asia, it is quite possible that the Fengshudao bifaces can be considered an example of convergent evolution."

For more information on this research see: Middle Pleistocene bifaces from Fengshudao (Bose Basin, Guangxi, China). Journal of Human Evolution, 2014;69():110-122. Journal of Human Evolution can be contacted at: Academic Press Ltd- Elsevier Science Ltd, 24-28 Oval Rd, London NW1 7DX, England. (Elsevier -; Journal of Human Evolution -

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting W. Wang, Nat Hist Museum Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Reg, Nanning 530012, Guangxi, People's Republic of China. Additional authors for this research include C.J. Bae, S.M. Huang, X. Huang, F. Tian, J.Y. Mo, Z.T. Huang, C.L. Huang, S.W. Xie and D.W. Li.

Keywords for this news article include: Guangxi, Life Science Research, People's Republic of China

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Source: China Weekly News

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