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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tabon Man in Palawan

Tabon Man is thought as the earliest human in the Philippines before the discovery of Callao Man in Callao Cave in Cagayan in year 2007. Tabon Man skullcap and three jawbones from three individuals was discovered by Robert B. Fox on May 28, 1962 , an anthropologist of National Museum of the Philippines in Tabon Cave, Lipuun Point, Municipality of Quezon, Palawan. 

Tabon man is a species of homo sapiens or the modern man. The skullcap was dated back to 14,500 B.C., the mandible or jawbones as dated back 29,000 B.C. , and  the tibia (bone of the lower leg) was dated back 45,000 B.C.

Also found in Tabon Cave are finished stone flake tools, waste core flakes and charcoal used by Tabon man for cooking. Charcoals was dated back 7,000 to 22,000 B.C. It is thought that the cave was a habitation of man for a period of 50,000 to 9,000 years ago based on all relics and artifacts found.

The Tabon Cave in Palawan where the skullcap of Tabon man was discovered in  1962

The skullcap of Tabon man belonged to Modern Man, Homo Sapiens

The skullcap of Tabon man found in Palawan Tabon Cave
The skullcap and mandible of woman Tabon Man

Inside Tabon Cave during excavations in 1964

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