Weekly snapshot of China's archaeological news

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BEIJING, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- The following are highlights of China's archaeological news from the past week:

-- 6.4 mln-yr-old Mesopithecus fossils discovered in China's Yunnan

Scientists from China, the United States, Greece and Australia have confirmed the discovery of a collection of Mesopithecus fossils dating back about 6.4 million years in southwest China's Yunnan Province.

The fossil elements, located near Zhaotong City, were unearthed in 2009 and 2010. Their location represents the easternmost fossil record of the species reaching Eurasia, and they were also the first discovery of the genus in East Asia.

-- Ancient tomb found in China's Hebei

Archaeologists have recently discovered an ancient tomb in north China's Hebei Province that dates back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

The tomb, found in Qinghe County, is 2.75 meters long, 2.3 meters wide and 1.5 meters tall, with two stone coffins containing a husband and wife.

-- Researchers discover middle Cambrian hurdiid radiodont

Researchers discovered a hurdiid radiodont genera from the middle Cambrian in Linyi City, east China's Shandong Province, which lived about 500 million years ago.

The new-found radiodont, named Cordaticaris striatus, was found by the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NIGPAS).

This new taxon is about 30 cm long and the front of its body is covered by a huge heart-shaped shell that makes up almost half its length. Enditem

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