Contents

chapter 1 chapter 2 chapter 3

chapter 4

chapter 5 chapter 6 chapter 7

Preface ix

List of Illustrations xiii The Bones of Dragon Hill 1 The Dragon Reclaims Its Own 33

Giants and Genes: Changing Views of Peking Man's Evolutionary Significance 55

The Third Function: A Hypothesis on the Mysterious Skull of Peking Man 74

The Adaptive Behavior of the Not-Quite-Human 90

The Times and Climes of Homo erectus 108

The Nature of Humanness at Longgushan: Brain, Language, Fire, and Cannibalism 124

chapter 8 Alpha and Omega: Resolving the Ultimate Questions of the Beginnings and Endings of Homo erectus, the Species 142

chapter 9 Testing the New Hypotheses 161 Notes 181 Bibliography 197 Credits for Illustrations 217 Index 221

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