Posted on Tuesday, 3rd November 2009 by All Philippines
Tabon Man Skull Cap
The year was 1962. An American anthropologist working for the Philippine National Museum, Dr. Robert B. Fox and the museum’s anthropological division, discovered fossils of human remains consisting of skulls, jawbones, and teeth fragments from three individuals in the complex caves of Tabon in the southwestern part of the Palawan Island.
The Tabon caves, where the human fossil remains were found was named after the Tabon Scrubfowl (Philippine Megapode) – a species of bird which deposited bird droppings inside the cavern, long before any humans inhabited the cave areas.
The Tabon discovery was a milestone in Philippine archeological history proving that early Homo sapiens inhabited Palawan Island around 20,000 to 24,000 years ago. The fossil finds, now known as the Tabon Man, are now believed to be the earliest known human settlers in the Philippines – the cradle of Philippine civilization.
Based on the discovery of Dr. Robert Fox and the subsequent study on the Tabon Man case, the anthropologist noted that these ancient Tabon cave dwellers used tools and weaponries belonging to the late Stone Age era. Metal was abundant in the area but they did not incorporate it in their needs. They have developed a spoken language for communication and were also believed to be artistic and culturally adapted to their surroundings.
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