Davidson Black (1884 or 1885-1934)

Canadian paleoanthropologist. He initiated and supervised the "Peking man" fieldwork at Zhoukoudian and named the resulting Homo erectus fossils "Sinanthropus pekinensis." Black's finds received wide attention while, ironically, his colleague Ray Dart's far more important discovery of Australopithecus africanus was dismissed and ignored. After Black's untimely death, the field project was taken over by Teilhard de Chardin, whereas Black's academic position was occupied by Franz Weidenreich.


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