100,000-yr-old fossilized teeth of cavemen found in Central China

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Archaeologists have unearthed fossilized teeth of cavemen dating back 100,000 years, the first such discoveries in central China.

Henan province, China. According to Li Zhanyang, archaeologist with the Henan Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, the fossils were excavated from Bat Cave, an Old Stone Age cave relic in Luanchuan County, Henan Province.

The team also found stoneware and items made from bone, used by ancient cavemen, reports English.news.cn.

Furthermore, fossils from over 60 species of animal were uncovered at the excavation site, including the fossilized scull of the Tylonycteris, a bat genus, whose fossils has never before been found in China.

Archaeologists in east China”s Shandong Province said they had discovered a hidden niche containing precious Buddha relics in a pagoda in Jinxiang County.

It was found to have contained and preserved 22 pieces of silverware, a Mahaparinirvana Sutra copy and a case containing sarira, or bead-shaped relics left after the cremation of Buddhist masters.

Wang Yongbo, deputy head of Shandong Provincial Administration of Cultural Heritage, said the findings would provide much insight into the development of Buddhism in east China.


Source: New Kerala [November 27, 2010]


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