Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Possible new lead in Peking Man fossils mystery

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South African and Chinese scientists say the memories of a World War II-era Marine have renewed hopes of solving one of the greatest archaeological mysteries -- the whereabouts of the lost Peking Man fossils.
In this month's edition of a scientific journal published by Johannesburg's University of the Witwatersrand, renowned South African paleontologist Lee Berger and two Chinese colleagues say the fossils may be lying under a parking lot in China's northern port city of Qinhuangdao where the Marine saw two crates of bones in 1947. The Marine describes the sighting in memoirs being compiled by his son.
The fossils, believed to hold a key to studies of early mankind, disappeared at the outbreak of the war in the Pacific while destined for safe keeping in the United States.

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