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May 2005

Chinese come from Africa, just like the rest of us
Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2005
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An international study has found that the Chinese people originated not from "Peking Man" in northern China, but from early humans in East Africa who moved through South Asia to China some 100,000 years ago, Hong Kong's Ming Pao daily reported yesterday in a finding that confirms the "single origin" theory in anthropology.

According to the newspaper, a research team led by Jin Li (O) of Fudan University in Shanghai has found that modern humans evolved from a single origin, not multiple origins as some experts believe.

In China, school textbooks teach that the Chinese race evolved from "Peking Man," based on a theory that humans in Europe and Asia evolved from local species.

But Jin and his fellow researchers found that early humans belonged to different species, of which only the East African species developed into modern humans.

This new finding nullifies the theory that the ancestors of the Chinese people were "Peking Man" who lived in northern China 400,000 years ago.

Based on DNA analyses of 100,000 samples gathered from around the world, a number of human families evolved in East Africa some 150,000 years ago, said Li Hui (), a member of Jin's team.

About 100,000 years ago, some of those humans began to leave Africa, with some people moving to China via South and Southeast Asia, Li said.

According to the newspaper article, it has been proven that the "65 branches of the Chinese race" share similar DNA mutations with the peoples of East and Southeast Asia.

It said that the Shanghai scientists were part of an international team comprised of researchers from Russia, India, Brazil and other nations in a five-year project studying the geographic and genealogical routes related to the spread and settlement of modern humans.

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New dinosaur species unearthed
Posted: Friday, May 6, 2005
When dinosaurs first roamed the Earth, they had fast legs to chase prey and sharp teeth to eat meat. Then some of them became vegetarians, and scientists could never figure out where the meat eaters stopped and the plant eaters began.

Now paleontologists in Utah say they have found the missing link in a new species of feathered dinosaur.

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Find supports dinosaur evolved into birds theory
Posted: Monday, May 2, 2005
By Judy Monchuk,

CALGARY (CP) - Two eggs with shells found inside the fossilized pelvis of a female dinosaur could provide an important clue to solving the question of whether dinosaurs evolved into birds.

The potato-sized eggs, discovered in southeastern China, are the first conclusive evidence of shifting biology in dinosaur reproduction, says University of Calgary paleontologist Darla Zelenitsky, whose work focuses on dinosaur reproduction.

The eggs were identified by scientists with the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. The findings are detailed in the April 15 issue of Science magazine.

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