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Wu Rukang

Chinese paleoanthropologist; leader of the renewed excavations at Zhoukoudian 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 and Maba; 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.

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