Chinese paleoanthropologist; leader of the renewed excavations
since 1959, and known for a classic
study of Gigantopithecus in the 1950s. Wu was instrumental in the recent surveys of China that led to the recent discover of sites
such as Hexian
; the relatively continuous fossil record
in China led to Wu’s subsequent support of the multiregional continuity model
. Co-author of Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology
in the People’s Republic of China (1985), and founder of the journal Acta Anthropologica Sinica in 1982.