'Callao Man' makes PH rock star in human history

SIGNIFICANT FIND Armand Salvador Mijares, leader of an international multidisciplinary team, presents the fossils of the newly discovered Homo luzonensis dug up inside Callao Cave in Peñablanca, Cagayan province.

Mijares, along with a team of Filipino, French and Australian archeologists, took the world of anthropology by storm last week after he announced the discovery of Homo luzonensis, a prehistoric human species previously unknown to science.

Before its declaration as a distinct species, the fossil find in Cagayan had been referred to by scientists as “Callao Man,” after the cave system that spans five villages in Peñablanca town on the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountain range.

From an obscure find devoid of any definitive identity, Callao Man suddenly attained rock star status wordwide overnight, thanks to the scientists’ recent discovery of a prehistoric human species previously unknown to mankind.

The team subjected their fossil finds to months of laboratory identification and DNA analysis, uranium-dating, and years of consultations with other global experts in archaeology, according to Dizon.

At the same time, the findings confirmed the significance of the Callao system as an archaeological site, prompting the provincial government of Cagayan to seek its declaration as an important cultural property by the National Museum.

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