Homo luzonensis is the newest Hominid discovery

Scientists surmise that that latter date would mean Homo luzonensis was around the same time that Homo sapiens first began arriving in the region.  And that could have spelled their doom. It is tempting to compare Homo luzonensiz man to Homo floresiensis on an Indonesian island discovered 5 years ago.  The new species stood less than feet tall. However, researchers have not yet made that connection.

First major paleo-anthropology find in the Philippines

From Inquirer:
“Filipino archaeologist Armand Salvador Mijares said the discovery of the remains in Callao Cave made the Philippines an important research ground on human evolution.”
From Yahoo News:
“The Luzon and Flores discoveries demonstrate that the story of human evolution is more complicated than previously understood, with Asia offering up surprises, potentially with more to come, the researchers said.”

University of Wisconsin Professor John Hawks notes  “If we have missed these species that lived less than 100,000 years ago, how much are we missing from the earlier phases of evolution?”


MSN.com, April 1, 2024,

Archaeologists unravel mystery of unknown species of human discovered on Asian island

 Many of its other, more defining features hark back to the days of the australopithecines, an odd species that though walked upright resembled an ape more than a human.

Its finger and toe bones are also curved, hinting that climbing was an integral part of its existence, something that was also the case for australopithecines.

A further update in a paper put out by Chris Stringer and Rainer Gunn, Dec. 2023:

In summary, the H. luzonensis remains are likely all of similar ages, and the apparently younger individual ages are the result of a secondary U-overprint. The minimum age would fall at the transition of MIS 6 to MIS 5, which is significantly older than the ∼70 ka commonly seen in the literature. However, since the ESR results on Callao1 and 2 indicate a younger age, it may be worthwhile to attempt a direct US-ESR analysis on a hominin tooth.


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