|China's Largest Paleoanthropologic Project|
Archaeologists working at a Shuidonggou relics in Ningxia (2003)
Not long ago, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology kicked off a special project to
survey paleoanthropologic relics in the country, and to collect and consolidate the basic
data in the area. With a budget approaching RMB 15 million, the 5-year project has been
contracted to CAS Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, CAS
Institute of Geology and Geophysics, and Peking University. The project will work on a
range of basic research areas, including paleoanthropology, archaeology in the Paleolithic
Age, geology in the Quaternary Age, and chronology. The study team will be engaged in
an array of activities, including field investigation, material collection, and survey of major
paleoanthropological and paleolithic relics, in an attempt to understand, restore, and
interpret the collected paleoanthropological facts and findings.
The project will eventually lead to the establishment of China's own paleoanthropological
database and resources platform, ensuring the originality, integrity, and scientific
/authoritative nature of fossilized paleoanthropological evidences and materials.