While it is commonly accepted that human beings originated in Africa and then migrated to other points around the globe, China’s paleoanthropologists “support the theory of `regional evolution’ of the origin of man” (China.org) which claims an independent basis for the birth of mankind.
“The Shu Ape, a primate weighing only 100 to 150 grams and being similar to a mouse in size, lived [in China] in the Middle Eocene Epoch 4.5 to 4 million years ago.
Prior to the Shang, the people worshipped many gods with one supreme god, Shangti, as head of the pantheon (the same pattern found in other cultures).
Shangti was considered `the great ancestor’ who presided over victory in war, agriculture, the weather, and good government.
Banpo is a Neolithic village which was inhabited between 45 BCE and comprises 45 houses with floors sunk into the ground for greater stability.