A Mysterious Human-Like Species Has Been Discovered in the Philippines SUBSCRIBE: https://youtu.be/WfsAkSb923k : If you head to Luzon Island in the Philippines, you’ll find Callao Cave hidden in the jungle. “What’s so special about an old cave?” you may ask. Well, this is exactly where archeologists discovered a previously unknown ancient species related to us humans!
This human-like species was dubbed Homo luzonensis in honor of the island it was discovered on. Adults were probably quite short, about 4 feet (1.2 m) tall. The scientists assumed that this species led a mixed lifestyle, what with their ability to both climb trees and walk on two legs. However, the finding seems to raise more questions than it answers…
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Excavations in Callao Cave 0:39
Homo floresiensis aka the Hobbit 2:40
The revolutionary discovery 4:56
What Homo luzonensis looked like 6:45
How the first humans got to Luzon 8:12
How ancient this species is 8:41
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– Luzon Island was one of those seemingly inaccessible places because it also didn’t have any land bridge connecting it to the mainland.
– In 2003, Dr. Armand Mijares, a local archeologist from the University of the Philippines, started excavations in Callao Cave together with his team.
– As they were going about their research, the team found evidence of human activity in that region, including some tools and pottery which were dated to be about 25,000 years old.
– In 2004, another group of archeologists discovered Homo floresiensis, a tiny human species that was later nicknamed “the hobbit.”
– Even though it was a cool discovery on its own, it also inspired Dr. Mijares to return to Callao Cave. He got back on track in 2007 with a firm decision to dig deeper.
– But it wasn’t until 2010 that Mijares and his team finally made their revolutionary discovery. In their search, the scientists stumbled across a 67,000-year-old human fossil!
– The teeth were tiny with a simple shape, making them similar to the teeth of modern humans. But what makes them even more unique is that one of the upper premolars found had 3 roots, a feature found in less than 3% of people today.
– Scientists assumed that this species led a mixed lifestyle, what with their ability to both climb trees and walk on two legs. They could’ve walked in a peculiar way, but researchers haven’t determined that yet.
– There have been attempts to extract DNA from the discovered remains, but so far, they haven’t gotten any results.
– It seems humans that lived on Luzon Island used tools to hunt and prepare food!
– But that’s not all! In 2018, Dr. Mijares announced that chances are Homo luzonensis lived on the island much further back in time. The archeologists found some stone tools. And these findings are a whopping 700,000 years old!
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