A City Born of Wanderment

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Located at its eastern terminus, an early subspecies of Homo Erectus once traveled out of Africa along what would one day become the Silk Road to present day Xi’an.

The Lantian Man (called Lantian Ren; 蓝田人 in Chinese) skull and mandible fossils are believed to come from two females who lived about 530,000 to 1 million years ago. They were discovery in 1963 approximately 50 km southeast of the city of Xi’an.

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