Prof. Xing Gao graduated from Department of Archaeology of Peking University in 1985, received Master degree from the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1988 and Ph.D. from Department of Anthropology of the University of Arizona in 2000. Since 2000, he has been working at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences and lectured on Paleoanthropological and Paleolithic archaeological topics at several universities. He served as Deputy Director of the institute for 9 years and now holds the position of Director for Zhoukoudian Paleoanthropological Research Center, Chairman of Chinese Paleolithic Society, Honorary President of Asian Paleolithic Association, and Deputy Editor-in-Chief for Acta Anthropologica Sinica.
His major research interest includes lithic technology and function, Pleistocene hominid behavior and adaptation, and modern human origins. He proposed a two-stage developmental scheme for Paleolithic industries in China and East Asia, and a Comprehensive Behavioral Model for human adaptation in Pleistocene China, and became a major advocate for the hypothesis of continuity of hominid evolution and local origins of modern humans in China and East Asia. He has published more than 150 papers in major academic journals, such as Science, Nature, Journal of Human Evolution, Current Anthropology, Journal of Archaeological Science, Chinese Science Bulletin, Science China-Earth Science, Acta Anthropologica Sinica, etc. He also holds part-time teaching jobs at several Universities in China, including Jilin University, Northwest University, Zhengzhou University, etc.