Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Black, Davidson

Canadian physician attached to the British consulate as Professor of Anatomy at Peking Union Medical College in the 1920s and 1930s; he secured molar teeth from Austrian paleontologist Otto Zdansky (1894-1955) from among which Black was able to identify a hominid tooth in 1927 which possessed an abnormal root structure; he called the new species Sinanthropus pekinensis. Through inquiry, Black located the source of the teeth in the Hills of the Dragons, or Choukoutien (now Zhoukoudian).

See Homo erectus.

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