The Strange Case Of Peking Man (Evolution Documentary) | Timeline

  • Published: 23 September 2017
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    When the Japanese invaded China in 1941, the subsequent loss of the fossilised Peking Man sparked one of the most intriguing rescue missions of our time. Hailed as the 'missing link' of evolutionary theory, this fleeting discovery was thought to have bridged the gap between mankind and the apes. Despite numerous attempts to trace him, Peking Man remains elusive. Dr Wang Tao, a veritable expert in Chinese archaeology, fronts the latest quest, along with Davidson Black IV, the grandson of the original excavator of Peking Man. He follows the original path taken by the precious remains, collecting clues along the way. The Search For Peking Man is a spell-binding journey which begins just outside Beijing and leads eventually to Tokyo and New York. The deeper Tao delves, the more mystery he uncovers. Can he solve the mystery that has baffled investigators – from private detectives hired by the Emperor of Japan to the FBI – for 60 years? Documentary first broadcast in 2001.

    Content licensed from Digital Rights Group (DRG).

    Produced by Granite Productions LTD.

Comments • 1 043

  • Henry Wu
    Henry Wu  5 days back

    It’s harder to sit and watch stuff about human evolution ever since I found out that we didn’t evolve naturally, we were sort of created by aliens.

    • 李成
      李成  1 weeks back


      • jessica jones
        jessica jones  2 weeks back

        The peking man is a hoax

        • 李成
          李成  1 weeks back

          no one would forget piltdown man. western arecheology fooled all caucasian racists.

      • sledge hammer
        sledge hammer  2 weeks back

        If the guy was peeking than he needs to be arrested and charged! That's deplorable! A Peeking man!

        • Joejo Murph
          Joejo Murph  2 weeks back

          If these elites who are pushing these lies ever had just ONE piece of evidence they'd be front page news and paraded all over the world! It would be "in your face" kind of a deal with these liars! Just like they tried to do with Darwin "their front man" who was caught in the act with his FAKE so called "missing link" the "Piltdown man" which was just another FAKE and a LIE that's still being taught in some universities as the truth and it's nothing but a hoax and a LIE!

          • Joejo Murph
            Joejo Murph  2 weeks back

            I guess their "Peking man" is another attempt to convince the ignorant that they come from the sludge and slime! Just like the Darwin LIE with his FAKE "Piltdown man" which is still taught in some Universities as being the truth and it was nothing but a crude attempt to throw bones together of several different animals while trying to pass it off as the missing link! Darwin was a front man for the SAME bunch of elites who still live through their offspring's today and still trying to convince man there is no God, except, they worship their God called Lucifer, the morning star, the fallen one who we all know as Satan! Today as easy as it is to dig and search for the truth, I find it utterly amazing at the people who STILL believe in evolution while knowing full well that Darwin was a liar and a hoaxer for the elites! Do your own research and do a lot of it and make up your own mind, "the truth will set you free!"

            • Dora Glasberg
              Dora Glasberg  2 weeks back

              And elephants appeared on this planet EXACTLY as they look today!

              You see how quickly your (LACK OF ) thought process crumbles.
              And what about all those Homosapien fossils that are not modern man
              but not simian either.

          • Nick King Televised
            Nick King Televised  2 weeks back

            BS. I'm not Religious but there's giant unexplained holes in evolution, and even in holes in how life would form on Earth to begin with. Random chemicals don't turn into reproducing life no matter what your Science teacher tells you. It's a lot like the Big Bang theory. It's a great theory but even they admit all their equations break down and they have NO IDEA what was happening moments before or the moment of the bang. That's the most important part...the bang! Everything after the bang is just our mathematical projection to try and explain a completely unknown alien phenomenon. Science acts as if it's all figured out. The Human brain doubled in size rapidly and we're finding 15 thousand year old civilizations now.

            • justspazzin 64
              justspazzin 64  3 weeks back

              There is nothing strange about fraud.

              • Christine Still
                Christine Still  3 weeks back

                Modern man did not originate in Chjna but rather Africa & also, many of us have DNA from Neanderthal so this guy is mistaken.

                • Sibel BalkanSmith
                  Sibel BalkanSmith  3 weeks back

                  sherlock holmes and watson

                  • George Ametus
                    George Ametus  3 weeks back


                    • Holycrapski
                      Holycrapski  4 weeks back

                      It's China, They would have got ground to sell as powerful medicine and made into some stinky tea cure-all.

                      • DarthBoion
                        DarthBoion  4 weeks back

                        The most BORING documentary. Also, as an Anthropologist, I LOATH when people have to “correct” themselves by saying woman along with man. When people, especially scientist, refer to ancient man they mean the HUMAN RACE! God how annoying.

                        • ebaymotorhomes
                          ebaymotorhomes  1 months back

                          Enjoy this fictional "documentary," children,

                          • funitude
                            funitude  1 months back

                            I don't believe I came from apes. The video says first humans were Chinese, oh brother! Poor videography it starts out blurry, and I suppose that is impressive if you are a fifth grader

                            • Dora Glasberg
                              Dora Glasberg  2 weeks back

                              So what do you believe? 'God' made humans and say, elephants/ exactly as they look today?
                              We KNOW that isn't true, when we have fossils that PROVE every species EVOLVED. Including humans.

                          • sidgdansk
                            sidgdansk  1 months back

                            there is no evolution my friends and enemies of Christ.. you will see who is right and if man can save himself through science and medicine? LOL - trust the Lord Jesus Christ

                            • Bob Capps
                              Bob Capps  1 months back


                              • truths of knowledge
                                truths of knowledge  1 months back

                                Don't believe this lie!

                                • Storm T
                                  Storm T  1 months back

                                  Humans are outrageously marvellous there are many variants to humanity not just one. I saw a young red headed 12 ft + big fit giant boy get on the train. Later when I thought about it it was the only transport he could squeeze himself into the vestibule off

                                  • Graham Cooper
                                    Graham Cooper  1 months back

                           for a discussion on the age of Neanderthal art...

                                    • Talking Tiger
                                      Talking Tiger  1 months back

                                      The fossils of Peking Man were stored at the Union Medical College in Peking. Eye-witness accounts state that in 1941, while Beijing was under Japanese occupation, but just before the outbreak of hostilities between Japan and the Allied Forces during the Second World War, the fossils were packed into two large crates and loaded onto a US Marine vehicle bound for the port of Qinhuangdao in northern China, close to the Marine base at Camp Holcomb. From there they were to be sent by ship
                                      to the American Museum of Natural History in New York, but the fossils vanished en route.

                                      Various attempts have been made to locate the fossils, but so far without success. In 1972 US financier Christopher
                                      Janus offered a US$5,000 reward for the missing skulls; one woman contacted him asking for $500,000, but she subsequently vanished. In July 2005, to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the Chinese government set up a committee to find the bones.

                                      Rumours about the fate of the bones range from their having been on board a Japanese ship (the Awa Maru), or an American ship that was sunk, to being ground up for traditional Chinese medicine. Four of the teeth, however, are still in the possession of the Paleontological Museum of Uppsala University. Some think that the fossils may have been a fabrication, and that their disappearance was intentional.

                                      • Liams Lounge
                                        Liams Lounge  1 months back


                                        • Jean-Ian Simard
                                          Jean-Ian Simard  1 months back

                                          Should of left the fossils in the office. Just well hidden.

                                          • KLJF
                                            KLJF  2 months back

                                            the fact that the term missing link exists tells us that there is no link . if we had evolved in this way there would be an ABUNDANCE of so called missing links to the point where the term would never have been coined .
                                            little big of logic for you brainless text book believers .

                                            • Dale Press
                                              Dale Press  2 months back

                                              I thought this was about Peking duck. You gotta order that a day in advance by the way.

                                            • DragonFae16
                                              DragonFae16  2 months back

                                              There's a possibility that the Peking Man is actually a Denisovan. We know Denisovans were found in Asian, but have so far only found a few teeth and I think a finger bone.

                                              • Tanner Cox
                                                Tanner Cox  2 months back

                                                They lost me once this lady said we came from china🤦‍♂️😂 not like we don’t have 10 million old bones from Africa and Lucy which is also from Africa. This documentary just starts off with lie 🤥

                                                • Dwight St John
                                                  Dwight St John  1 months back

                                                  and used "Peking" in todays narrative. My wife is from "Beijing" and her family had been in "Beijing" forever. But like the bones, all the family personel photos and possessions were destroyed by the Red Guard (which was virtually every neighbor in the academic compound but one) during the Cultural Revolution. The only "family" photos are in Japan and American Universities.

                                              • Buff Barnaby
                                                Buff Barnaby  2 months back

                                                Barry Sotero.

                                                • Mark. Hapsis
                                                  Mark. Hapsis  2 months back

                                                  God has many mistrust

                                                  • Beysim Yakuboff
                                                    Beysim Yakuboff  2 months back

                                                    Do not trust anything  with " Made in China" Chinese Export Gov Agency they just recalled fresh tomatos sold in 1972.

                                                    • Michael Mc Donagh
                                                      Michael Mc Donagh  2 months back

                                                      Bull sh no animal can cross with another archeological finds are a hoax

                                                      • David Soltai
                                                        David Soltai  2 months back

                                                        Didn’t know Al Green was in China

                                                        • Bon Summers
                                                          Bon Summers  2 months back

                                                          That host resembles Ronal Reagan in manner / voice tone.

                                                          • WAVERLY
                                                            WAVERLY  2 months back

                                                            the first humans came from Africa.

                                                            • Andrew Austin
                                                              Andrew Austin  3 months back

                                                              I think that they all just got hid in Area 51

                                                              • Paula West
                                                                Paula West  3 months back

                                                                Why would this woman be the only one with knowledge of this peking man

                                                                • KIRSTEN PHOEBE TIU
                                                                  KIRSTEN PHOEBE TIU  3 months back

                                                                  It’s obviously under the sea already.

                                                                  • selpmax
                                                                    selpmax  3 months back

                                                                    How convenient!

                                                                    It was a pigs tooth. LOL

                                                                    • alison webster
                                                                      alison webster  3 months back

                                                                      truly sad this loss of Peking man.

                                                                      • Chris Braid
                                                                        Chris Braid  3 months back

                                                                        Half a million years old? Radio Carbon dating fails at 50,000

                                                                        • selpmax
                                                                          selpmax  3 months back

                                                                          Subtract one of the zeros that they added to the fossil record in our lifetime, when they kept finding older humans that messed up the theory...

                                                                          And you're back down to 5,000 years.

                                                                      • Kim Andersen
                                                                        Kim Andersen  3 months back

                                                                        AND they did actually make cave painting.

                                                                        • Robin Conkel-hAnnan
                                                                          Robin Conkel-hAnnan  3 months back

                                                                          If the US gov got it's hands on Peking Man, he is now at the bottom of the ocean or in a Smithsonian warehouse.. Either way, he will never be seen again..

                                                                          • John mpjkken
                                                                            John mpjkken  3 months back

                                                                            Peking man reminds me of modern day democrats and just as smart.

                                                                            • grumpy sod
                                                                              grumpy sod  2 months back

                                                                              @Iam Manofnature2 Yep!! He is the one that knows whitch way up a beer bottle should be held.

                                                                            • Iam Manofnature2
                                                                              Iam Manofnature2  3 months back

                                                                              Let me guess, you're considered an intellectual giant among your troglobite peer group.

                                                                          • A J
                                                                            A J  3 months back

                                                                            waste of time...

                                                                            • Master
                                                                              Master  3 months back

                                                                              How can some bones be that important? For all we know a dog ate them, time to give up search. Seriously though, we have no evidence that neanderthals DIDN'T have art in their lives.

                                                                              • Paul Walton
                                                                                Paul Walton  3 months back

                                                                                Commercial stops are a bit ridiculous!

                                                                                • Seranga Martin
                                                                                  Seranga Martin  3 months back

                                                                                  Hyper disturbing your background music

                                                                                  • Mr Green eyes
                                                                                    Mr Green eyes  4 months back

                                                                                    You know what's funny about this video the mugs that believe this utter rubbish FFS open ya eyes .