Peking Man Skull Replica measures 8.5 inches. Peking Man Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Homo erectus pekinensis is the scientific name. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.

Peking Man or Homo erectus pekinensis, formerly known by the junior synonym Sinanthropus pekinensis is a group of fossil specimens of Homo erectus, dated from roughly 750,000 years ago, discovered in 1929 to 37 during excavations at Zhoukoudian near Beijing China.

Between 1929 and 1937, 15 partial crania, 11 mandibles, many teeth, some skeletal bones of the Peking Man or Homo erectus pekinensis and large numbers of stone tools were discovered. The Peking Man or Homo erectus pekinensis age is estimated to be between about 750,000 and 300,000 years old.

A lower jaw, several teeth, and skull fragments of the Peking Man or Homo erectus pekinensis were unearthed in 1928. Black presented the Peking Man or Homo erectus pekinensis skulls and bones to the foundation and was rewarded with an USD 80,000 grant that he used to establish the Cenozoic Research Laboratory.

Excavations at the site under the supervision of Chinese archaeologists Yang Zhongjian, Pei Wenzhong, and Jia Lanpo uncovered 200 Peking Man or Homo erectus pekinensis (including six nearly complete skullcaps) from more than 40 individual specimens.

The Peking Man, with a brain volume much larger than living apes, was used to further invalidate African or European origin models. Peking Man’s importance in human evolution was championed by geologist Amadeus William Grabau in the 1930s.

He pushed that the lifting of the Himalayas caused the emergence of proto-humans (“Protanthropus”) in the Miocene, who then dispersed during the Pliocene into the Tarim Basin in Northwest China where they learned to control fire and make stone tools, and then went out to colonise the rest of the Old World where they evolved into “Pithecanthropus” in Southeast Asia, “Sinanthropus” in China, “Eoanthropus” in Europe, and “Homo” in Africa.

In 1941, to safeguard them during the war, the bones representing at least 40 different individuals and artefacts were deposited into 2 wooden footlockers.

They were to be transported by the United States Marine Corps from the Peking Union Medical College to the SS President Harrison docked at Qinhuangdao Port and would eventually arrive at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Four of the teeth from the original excavation period are still in the possession of the Paleontological Museum of Uppsala University in Sweden.

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Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 in
Peking Man Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorhini
Infraorder: Simiiformes
Family: Hominidae
Subfamily: Homininae
Tribe: Hominini
Genus: Homo
Species: †H. erectus
Subspecies: †H. e. pekinensis
Trinomial name: Homo erectus pekinensis
Conservation Status: Extinct