Skull dates over 10,000 years ago
Ahuman skull found near the borders of China, Mongolia and Russia is confirmed as dating back more than 10,000 years. A carbon-14 dating study on four skull samples discovered at Jalainur District, Manzhouli City in northern China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region confirmed the earliest sample was around 10,113 years old. The other three were found to date from 7,400 years, 1,600 years and 1,000 years. Wu Xiaohong, with the school of archaeology and museology of Peking University, told a press conference in Beijing, “These findings prove that humans had lived in the Jalainur area for 10,000 years.”
Jalainur, a county-level district under the jurisdiction of Manzhouli City, is located near Russia and Mongolia. It is believed to be the origin of the prairie culture in northern China. Historic records show major northern tribes, including Xiongnu, Xianbei and Khitan, used to live there.
The first Jalainur skull was found in 1933 when coal miners were digging at an open colliery. By 1996, 22 such skulls had been discovered. As most of these human skulls were not excavated by professional archaeologists from the original formations they were located, it was hard to determine exactly how old the skulls were, said Zhu Hong, another team member from Jilin University.
However, the carbon-14 study has settled the dating problem, and the results and the pottery ruins unearthed there proved that Jalainur people lived at least 10,000 years ago in the Neolithic Age, the same period when Upper Cave Man lived, Zhu confirmed.
A human skull fossil discovered at Jalainur District at Jalainur Museum in Manzhouli, north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. A carbon-14 dating study confirmed the earliest skull was around 10,113 years old