GLOBAL ONE NEWS (G1) — Fossils unearthed in the northern Philippines have led to the discovery of a brand new species of human.
Scientists said in a recent study published in the journal “Nature” at least 13 fossil bones and teeth were found between 2007 and 2015 in Cagayan’s Callao Cave.
The new human species — named Homo luzonensis — reportedly had physical features that were a mix of ancient and modern traits.
The teeth and jaw are distinct but comparable to the Homo genus. Bones in their hand and feet resemble those of ancient human species Australopithecus afarensis.
Recent fossil discoveries in Southeast Asia have challenged previous theories on human evolution.
In 2003, scientists also found new human species from fossils found in Indonesia’s Flores cave.
How our early ancestors were able to travel from Africa to Southeast Asia remains a mystery.
Scientists said more explorations in the region are coming.