AN ASSESSMENT OF SCIENTIFIC SIGNIFICANCE AND RESEARCH POTENTIAL OF THE ZHOUKOUDIAN SITE:100 ANNIVERSARY OF PROFESSORPEI WENZHONG BIRTH
Gao Xing Zhang Shuangquan Chen Fuyou(Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academia of Sciences, Beijing 100044)
Zhoukoudian Site is the cradle land of Chinese paleoanthropology, paleolithic archeology and Quaternary geology. For a long period of time, it has been one of the most important research bases for the related scientific disciplines in China. Numerous hominid fossils, mammalian fossils and cultural remains were unearthed from the site. However, studies on these most valuable scientific materials conducted in the past are somewhat limited and incomplete; more questions were raised than answered, and there is still great space for more systematic and in-depth research on the site. In addition, plentiful scientific recourses are still unrevealed in the region, and breakthroughs would be expected in the future if new reconnaissance was carried out, new excavations were conducted, and new analyses were performed on the extant and newly discovered materials.