Dali Man Site
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The Dali Man site is a site of ancient human fossils located in Jiefang Village in Duanjia Town, Dali County, Shaanxi Province. It was discovered in 1978, and the excavated fossil bones are relatively complete. The skull and other features of the Dali Man indicate that it is between Homo erectus and Homo sapiens, and its characteristics are consistent with those of the early Homo sapiens. The Dali Man may be an initial stage of early Homo or a transitional type of Homo erectus. In the strata containing human skull fossils, 564 pieces of stone artefacts were found. They include stone cores, stone flakes, scrapers, a sharp-tipped spike, stone cones and carving tools. The artefacts date from the late stage of the Middle Pleistocene to the Late Pleistocene. Uranium dating indicates that the 11th layer, which contains human fossils, is approximately 180,000–230,000 years old (Fig. 4).
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