Canberra, Australia — University of the Philippines-Archaeological Studies Program professor Armand Mijares and Australian National University-School of Archaeology professor Philip Piper presented the discovery of a new hominin species Homo Luzonensis in the Philippines during a public lecture at the Cultural Centre Kambri in Australian National University on July 1, 2019.
The lecture was supported by the Philippine Embassy in Canberra.
More than 90 people including students, professors, scientists, archaeologists and researchers of the Australian National University and members of the Filipino-Australian community attended the lecture, and learned about the significance of this discovery in understanding hominin evolution in Southeast Asia.
Professors Mijares and Piper co-authored this study which was featured in international media and was on the cover of the prestigious scientific journal Nature. The discovery placed the Philippines in the global archaeological map.
In her remarks, Ambassador to Australia Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega said, “We recognize that we need to cultivate greater interest in science and innovation and to support our Filipino researchers in their endeavors. I hope this event will generate awareness on the great strides of our research institutions and the contributions of Filipinos to the world’s body of knowledge.”