Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Liujiang Man Site

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_1422

The Liujiang Man site is a site of ancient human fossils that was discovered in September 1958 in a small limestone cave adjacent to Tongtian Rock in Xingxingling Farm, Liujiang County, Guangxi Province. The human fossils include a complete fossil of a middle-aged man, including a skull, four thoraxes, five lumbars and sacrums. There are also hips and femurs that may belong to the same individual. The skull of Liujiang Man bears several primitive features of modern man; therefore, Liujiang Man should be a fossil of late Homo sapiens. The cave contains a 1.5-m-thick deposit, the upper part of which is composed of grey and yellow sandy soils with rare fossils. The middle part of the deposit is a lamellar calcium layer, and bottom part is yellow sand clay mixed with limestone breccias and cherts that contain human fossils. The Liujiang Man lived in the Late Pleistocene. Uranium dating of the cover layer gives dates of 67,000 ± 6,000 years. The cave also contains mammal fossils.

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