An international team discovers three extinct giant rodents unique to the Philippines, alongside remains of the oldest human species and of Neolithic artifacts found in the country, supporting theories on human impact on incredible ancient biodiversity.
An international multidisciplinary team, led by University of the Philippines Associate Professor Armand Salvador B. Mijares, discovered a new human species, the Homo luzonensis, from an excavation site inside Callao Cave in Peñablanca, Cagayan.
“The study situates the Philippines as a major area for evolutionary research,” Mijares said. “This discovery, to me, is a dedication to the Filipino people. It is our contribution to Filipino heritage and to the world’s heritage.”