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Davidson Black

Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black

Full Name: Davidson Black
Profession: Paleoanthropologist


Biography: Discovered the 'Peking Man' fossils (which he named Sinanthropus pekinensis, but are now included in the species Homo erectus) at Zhoukoudian, near Beijing, in China. He was Chairman of the Geological Survey of China and a Fellow of the Royal Society.

The original Peking man fossils disappeared in 1941 during World War II while on route to the United States, but excellent casts, drawings, and descriptions remain.

Born: July 25, 1884
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Leo

Died: March 15, 1934 (aged 49)
Cause of Death: Heart failure

Historical Events

  • 1927-12-02 Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black announces to the Geological Society of China that the ancient human fossils from Zhoukoudian, China are a new species which he has named 'Sinanthropus pekinensis' (now known as 'Homo erectus')
  • 1928-02-03 Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black reports his findings on the ancient human fossils found at Zhoukoudian, China in the journal Nature and declares them to be a new species he names 'Sinanthropus pekinensis' (now known as 'Homo erectus')