Early humans in Philippines

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Humans were in Philippines thousands of years before previously thought

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(CNN)About 709,000 years ago, someone butchered a rhinoceros using stone tools on the Philippine island of Luzon. That may not seem remarkable -- except that humans weren't supposed to be in the Philippines so long ago.

Before this discovery, the earliest indicator that early humans, or hominins, were even on those islands had been a single foot bone from 67,000 years ago, uncovered in the Callao Cave on Luzon. That's quite a time jump.


Research says that the new findings push back the date for humans inhabiting the Philippines by hundreds of thousands of years. A study published Wednesday in the journal Nature also says that this securely dated evidence pushes back the date for humans living in the wider South East Asian islands region.


Researchers came close to figuring out that Luzon may have been inhabited by early humans when stone tools and the fossils of large animals were discovered there in the 1950s. But they weren't able to securely date those findings to the Middle Pleistocene, which spans 126,000 to 781,000 years ago.


But recent excavations in the Kalinga province of northern Luzon uncovered 57 stone tools and more than 400 bones of animals like monitor lizard, Philippine brown deer, freshwater turtles and stegodons, a now-extinct animal in the same family as elephants and mammoths.


The biggest find was a 75% complete skeleton of a rhinoceros that was clearly butchered, with 13 of its bones displaying cut marks and areas where bone was struck to release marrow.


All of the remains were dated to 709,000 years ago using electron-spin resonance methods, which can date material in a way that radiocarbon dating can't. These methods can be applied to such things as tooth enamel and rocks that had been heated, like quartz found in sediment

 

 

Loads of pictures and more info at the CNN site

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Not our sort of human. That did not exist yet. Although there were other varieties in Eurasia at that time. This is typical CNN reporting.

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4 hours ago, Reboot said:

Not our sort of human. That did not exist yet. Although there were other varieties in Eurasia at that time. This is typical CNN reporting.

Wikiwhosits says hominins are Homos. That makes them human beings, no?

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9 hours ago, Jollygoodfellow said:

There are many news sites with the story which appears to come from a released document on the findings so who's story or reporting it really is we wont know.

In my country it's not nice to call people Homos :smile:

As we discover more about our distant relies of way back, I wonder how they are going to distinguish this new generation of today in 50000 years from now.  :hystery:

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6 hours ago, Clermont said:

As we discover more about our distant relies of way back, I wonder how they are going to distinguish this new generation of today in 50000 years from now.  :hystery:

Easy.  Tide Pod in stomach = 2018.  😃

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There was a news documentry many years ago about a lost tribe found in Palawan, turned out to be a load of actors paid by Marcos.

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On 5/2/2018 at 8:56 PM, Reboot said:

Not our sort of human. That did not exist yet. Although there were other varieties in Eurasia at that time. This is typical CNN reporting.

Hobbits.........short relatives of bigfoot.........There goes the neighborhood

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Judging by the way some of them drive here those people from 700,000 years ago are still alive.

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They ate the rhinoceros into extinction here so I guess they were Pinoy in appetite.  :mocking:

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