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Zhoukoudian is an archaeological site in China
. It is located in the eastern part of the country, about 50 km west from the center of the capital Beijing
. Zhoukoudian is the archaeological site of the prehistoric Peking Man and Homo sapiens. Their skeletons were found in the caves of this famous paleontological site in 2003. These caves had already been settled about 400 000 years ago by a predecessor of the modern man known as the Peking Man (Homo erectus pekinensis) . These findings speak against the monocentric theory, which claims that the modern man evolved in Africa, and then migrated to the rest of the world. The remains of Homo sapiens found here may be, according to Chinese scientists, 33 500 to 35 500 years old, which means that they are the oldest known remains of modern humans in eastern Eurasia. More than 100 000 various stone tools have been found here. In 1987, he whole site of Zhoukoudian was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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