Homo luzonensis – A New Human Specie Discovered in the Philippines

Homo luzonensis is a newly discovered human specie found in Callao Cave in Peñablanca, a first class municipality of Cagayan Province in northern Philippines. The specie is named after the biggest island of Luzon where Callao Cave is located.

The discovery was made possible through the joint efforts of an international multidisciplinary team, co-led by Florent Détroit, a palaeoanthropologist at France’s Musee de l’Homme. The team included researchers from France, the Philippines and Australia.

The researchers believed the remains, consisting of seven teeth and five different bones, date back between 50,000 and 67,000 years. What is astounding about the discovery is that it is unlike any other previously known type of human and it is not known where their ancestors came from.

The common theory about human evolution is that Homo erectus originated in East Africa then spread eastward and were established in South East Asia by at least 1.6 million years ago. However, initial findings about Homo luzonensis does not point to Homo erectus as their ancestors. What is certain now is that human evolution is not as linear as have been previously thought.

Homo luzonensis in Callao Cave
Callao Cave (Photo Credit: Facebook Page

National Geographic – Retrieved 04-11-2019
New York Times – Retrieved 04-11-2019
Philippine Star – Retrieved 04-11-2019

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