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January 1 2013

Scientists say 'Peking Man' was more stylish than they thought


"Peking Man," a human ancestor who lived in China between roughly 200,000 and 750,000 years ago, was a woodworking, fire-using, spear-hafting hominid who, mysteriously, liked to drill holes into objects for unknown reasons.

And, yes, these hominids, a form of Homo erectus, appear to have been quite meticulous about their clothing, using stone tools to soften and depress animal hides.

The new discoveries paint a picture of a human ancestor who was more sophisticated than previously believed.

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