“One should be diligent and pragmatic, encourage others to innovate, make the best of things, and accumulate knowledge.”
Dr. Wu Xinzhi was born in Hefei, Anhui Province, and he is a CPC member and a paleoanthropologist. He joined the IVPP after finishing his post-graduate study in paleoanthropology in the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1961, and has long devoted himself to the study of paleoanthropology. Wu presided over and participated in numerous excavations and discoveries including the Homo erectus material from Yunxi in Hubei Province, a fossil parietal bone of Homo sapiens from Dingcun in Shanxi Province, and Homo sapiens fossils from Xichuan in Henan Province. Wu was one of those researchers who proposed the Multiregional Evolution hypothesis to explain the origin of modern humans, and he proposed a new hypothesis, Continuity with Hybridization, for characterizing human evolution in China. He hypothesized that fossil hominins from Dali contributed more to the formation of modern Chinese populations than Homo erectus did. He is honored as a pioneer in forensic anthropology and primatology in China. Wu was elected as an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1999. He served as vice president and honorary president of the Chinese Society for Anatomical Sciences, and the editor-in-chief of anthropology for the Encyclopedia of China (second edition). Wu severed as vice director of the IVPP.