Griffith University continues to play an active and crucial role in dating human history.
Griffith’s Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (ARCHE) was part of an international multidisciplinary team that has discovered a new human species in a Philippines cave.
ARCHE Director Professor Rainer Grün, used uranium series analysis to date the teeth and bones from three small hominid individuals found in Callao Cave on Luzon Island in the Northern Philippines.
The new species has been named Homo luzonensis by the team, which was led by the National Museum of Natural History in Paris and included Griffith’s David McGahan from ARCHE, as well as researchers from institutions including the University of the Philippines, National Museum of the Philippines, University of Bordeaux, Paul Sabatier University, University of Poitiers and the Australian National University.
The article ‘A new species of Homo from the Late Pleistocene of the Philippines’ was published in Nature.
The fossils are the earliest known human remains in the Philippines, preceding the first Homo sapiens remains dated to 30,000 to 40,000 years ago discovered on Palawan Island, which is southwest of the archipelago.