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Asian Research Projects

The Human Origins Program conducts research at a variety of sites in Asia, currently with a focus in China and Indonesia.

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

Earliest Humans in 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.

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.