MANILA - Archaeologists have begun digging in Biak-na-Bato cave network in Bulacan to further trace the journey of ancient humans in Luzon.
"I believe if you have something in the north, there has to be something in the south of Luzon," said Armand Mijares, head of the Callao Archaeological Project that unearthed fossils of Homo luzonesis, a previously unknown human species, in Callao Cave in Cagayan province.
The project in Biak-na-Bato was started 3 years ago in collaboration with the Bulacan State University, said Mijares.
His team will also return to Callao Cave next year to learn more about the Homo Luzonesis species, he said.
At least 50,000 years ago, an extinct human species lived on what is now the island of Luzon, researchers reported on Wednesday. It’s possible that Homo luzonensis, as they’re calling the species, stood less than 3 feet tall.
The discovery adds growing complexity to the story of human evolution.