Chinese archaeologists unearthed, on 17 December 2007 at
Lingjin (灵井) of Xuchang (许昌) in central China's Henan Provence
(河南), sixteen pieces of fossil bones that can be assembled
into an almost complete human skull belonging to, as it is
claimed, a Homo sapiens living during the Paleolithic period
about 80,000 to 100,000 years ago.
What makes this discovery quite amazing is that the researchers
found a fossilized membrane still attached to the inner side
of the skull bone, which would allow the scientists to track
the nerves of the humans
in the remote past.
But what makes this excavation truly extraordinary is that
the period associated to that particular remote past is extremely
critical. It was an era when in Africa the ancestors of the
Europeans (as many of them firmly believe) and the Asians
(as many of them stubbornly refuse to believe) and other
people in between and beyond, decided to send their expedition
armies to colonize the new continents occupied by other species
of Homos. The result of this is that A Homo becomes the only
Homo commanding today's planet (What an inspiring tradition!
Or is it really?).
China has previously unearthed fossils of Wushan Man (巫山人)
who lived 2 million years ago, Yuanmou Man (元谋人) 1.7 million
years ago, Lantian Man (蓝田人) 1.15 million years ago, Peking
Man (北京人) 200,000 years ago and Upper Cave Man (山顶洞人) 18,000
years ago, but no fossils, dating back to that crucial period
with the first wave of overseas traveling and immigration
and globlazation, ever found. Until now. It seems Chinese
do have native ancestors as it is told through various legends,
although it is still a long way off from convincing many tomb-digging experts.
Celestial Visual Quartet in Beijing