An exhibition on the clues of the Peking Man Skull was recenlty unveiled in Beijing. Head of the Peking Man Skull Research Team Yang Haifeng said on Tuesday that since its establishment last year, the team had found over 100 clues about the Peking Man skull. Most of these clues had not been confirmed yet. In the next step, they would conduct an on-site inspection to try to confirm three important clues, one of them being linked with the Tokyo Palace.
The clue was reported by a man surnamed Yang in Tianjin, who claimed that his brother had found a concrete trunk underneath when digging near the Tianjin Medical College, which was once a residential place for American troops. Another clue was reported by Ms. Sun, a Beijing citizen who once studied in the Peking Union Medical College. She said that she had seen some precious skull fossils while having autopsy class in the college. The third clue was from Sankei Shimbun (Japan Business News), which once reported that some Peking Man Skull was kept in the basement of the Tokyo Palace.
Regarding the three clues, Yang said they would conduct an on-site research to find out whether they were really linked with the Peking Man Skull. He admitted that it might be an extremely difficult task to try to conduct an on-site research in the Tokyo Palace. The expedition team would try from the easiest point and would not miss any clues. Even if there was a one percent possibility, they would try their best.
Discovery of the Peking Man Skull has brought human history forward by 500,000 years. However, the five Peking Man Skulls, which were kept in a relatively good condition and therefore had very important scientific value, were lost in 1941, when Japanese troops launched the Pacific War. Since then, Chinese scientists and many other renowned personnel have tried in vain to find these skulls.
(Chinanews.cn September 28, 2006)