These are the words Julie uttered as we were finishing up our swing through the museum at the Peking Man archaeological site. Located fifty kilometers outside of Beijing, in the foothills to the south and west, the Peking Man site is where the remains of some 300,000 year-old Homo erectus were found. Nearly one hundred years after the initial discovery, the digging goes on, adding to the collection of deer, giant hyenas, and saber-toothed tigers.
But it was not the site itself that had Julie so excited. Rather, it was the technology featured throughout the site's museum. There we were, standing in a room, watching a panoramic flyover of the site. Then there were holograms ("Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope.") of Peking Man using fire to ward off the big flesh-eating dogs and cats. And, finally, a big screen that depicts passersby as whatever character they choose.
For us, it was Z as a rhinoceros, Julie as a hyena, Desi as an otter, and me as Peking Man himself.