The Peking Man is a standalone fossil that can be donated to the museum in Animal Crossing: Wild World and Animal Crossing: City Folk.
Donating to the Museum
In Wild World
- "Hoo, my, this is lovely. This fossil is in truly exquisite condition. Peking man is significant because he lived roughly 500,000 years ago... Hoo, well, that AND he is said to be a link between apes and humans, wot wot! What particularly fascinates me is the fact that he knew to use fire to cook. Of course, that's standard practice now, eh wot? But I assure you, it wasn't then! They say that this aided in brain development and was a remarkable breakthrough. Peking man's life span was a mere 14 years, so humans today would far outlive him. Oh! Please forgive me! The thought of this hairy ancient quite addled me!" —Blathers
The Peking Man fossil is displayed in the second fossil room, on the top-right pedestal.
In City Folk
- "Woo hoot! A spectacular find indeed! The significance of Peking Man is the fact that he lived around 500,000 years ago, eh wot? Indeed, it's thought that he could be one of the links between humans and apes. This hirsute fellow used stone tools to hunt game, and he knew how to use fire to cook. Humans did a fair bit of changing after that, of course, but you can see the beginnings of greatness!" —Blathers
The Peking Man fossil can be found in the museum on the upper level, second fossil from the right (between the Archaeopteryx fossil and the Fern Fossil).
As a furniture item
A replica of a Peking Man skull.
The fossil in Animal Crossing represents the first identifiable Peking Man, with parts of its skull, lower jaw and some teeth showing through the soil. Peking Man was a subspecies of Homo erectus
(upright man) that lived around 500,000 to 780,000 years ago. The first part of a Peking Man, two teeth, were first discovered in near Beijing in 1926, followed by skull fragments, more teeth, and a lower jaw on the same site. More skulls were found there over the years, and in 1941, they were shipped to the USA for safekeeping during World War II. Despite being packaged and placed on a ship, the fossils never reached their destination. Since then, other skull fragments have been discovered at the site.