Asian Research Projects

image of Mohui Highlands in China

Asian Research Projects

image of Homo floresiensis; LB1, skeleton

Research on the island of Flores, Indonesia, helps unravel the life and extinction of the smallest and most enigmatic fossil human species, Homo floresiensis, nicknamed ‘hobbits’.

Two yellow-brown fossil teeth (incisors) and two white stone tools from Yuanmou, China

When was the oldest dispersal from Africa? And who were the earliest humans to arrive in East Asia? The Human Origins Program collaborates with Chinese scientists to investigate fossil clues in North and South China. Explore the latest findings here.

Image of artifacts found at Bose, China.

Excavations in the Bose region of southern China unearthed large cutting tools similar to African handaxes. Dated at 803,000 years old, these artifacts were associated with a catastrophic event. Learn more about the significance of the Bose evidence.