Monday, July 6, 2009

Prehistory of the Philippines

Human fossil records indicate that the Philippines may have been inhabited as early as 50,000 years ago. According to earlier archaeological findings, the first Human beings in the Philippines came from the islands around Asia which Professor H. Otley Beyer, eminent American authority on Philippine archeology and anthropology, dubbed the "Dawn Man".[8] Yet the oldest human fossil found in the Philippines thus far is the 22,000-year-old skull cap of a "Stone-Age" Human discovered by Dr. Robert B. Fox, an American anthropologist of the National Museum, inside Tabon Cave, Palawan, on May 28, 1962 and dubbed the "Tabon Man".[9] The Tabon caves of Palawan indicate settlement for at least 30,500 years; these hunter-gatherers used stone flake tools.[10] After these early settlers, the Negrito arrived, whose ancestors include the Ati and the Aeta.[8]

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