Otto Zdansky

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Otto A. Zdansky (28 November 1894 – 26 December 1988) was an Austrian paleontologist.

He is best known for his work in China, where he, as an assistant to Johan Gunnar Andersson, discovered a fossil tooth of the Peking Man in 1921 at the Dragon Bone Hill, although he did not disclose it until 1926 [1] when he published it in Nature after an analysis by Davidson Black.The human teeth attributed to Homo erectus, called sinanthropus pekinensis, discovered by Otto Zdansky are two premolars and a superior wisdom tooth.[2]

He is also famous for his excavations of mammal fossils in Baode County area (Pao Te Hsien), Shanxi Province.[3]


  1. ^ "Morgan Lucas" (PDF). [dead link]
  2. ^ L’ Homme de Pékin : Otto Zdansky - Etude de l'usure des dents
  3. ^ "Hipparion Clay". 

Further reading[edit]

Jokela, T., Eronen, J. T., Kaakinen, A., Liping, L., Passey, B. H., Zhaoqun, Z., & Mingkai, F. (2005). "Translation of Otto Zdansky’s "The Localities of the Hipparion Fauna of Baode County in Northwest Shanxi"(1923)" (PDF). Palaeontologia Electronica 8 (1).