Tabon Man refers to remains discovered in the Tabon Caves in Lipuun Point in Quezon, Palawan in the Philippines on May 28, 1962 by Dr. Robert B. Fox, an American anthropologist of the National Museum of the Philippines. These remains, the fossilized fragments of a skull and jawbone of three individuals, were believed to be the earliest human remains known in the Philippines until a metatarsal from ...
"Callao Man" discovered in 2007 was dated in 2010 by uranium-series dating as being 67,000 years old.
The Tabon fragments are collectively called "Tabon Man" after Tabon Cave, the place where they were found on the west coast of Palawan. Tabon Cave appears to be a kind of Stone Age factory, with both finished stone flake tools and waste core flakes having been found at four separate levels in the main chamber. Charcoal left from three assemblages of cooking fires there has been Carbon-14 dated to roughly 7,000, 20,000, and 22,000 BCE.
The Tabon Man fossils are considered to have come from a third group of inhabitants, who worked the cave between 22,000 and 20,000 BCE. An earlier cave level lies so far below the level containing cooking fire assemblages that it must represent Upper Pleistocene dates like 45 or 50 thousand years ago Anthropologist Robert Fox, who directed the excavations, deduced that the Tabon Cave was a habitation of man for a period of 40,000 years, from 50,000 to 9,000 years ago.
Physical anthropologists who have examined the Tabon Man skullcap are agreed that it belonged to modern man, Homo sapiens, as distinguished from the mid-Pleistocene Homo erectus species. This indicates that Tabon Man was pre-Mongoloid (Mongoloid being the term anthropologists apply to the racial stock which entered Southeast Asia during the Holocene and absorbed earlier peoples to produce the modern Malay, Indonesian, Filipino, and "Pacific" peoples).
Two experts have given the opinion that the mandible is "Australian" in physical type, and that the skullcap measurements are most nearly like the Ainus or Tasmanians. Nothing can be concluded about Tabon Man's physical appearance from the recovered skull fragments except that he was not a Negrito.
Tabon Man in Tabon Cave News
Palawan is the so-called Philippiness Last Frontier because of its abundant land and water resources, some of which are still undiscovered to this date. It does not only have beautiful and clean beaches untouched by commercialism: it is also home to many astounding archaeological discoveries in the country. It hosts a number of discovered caves that have tremendously aided paleontologists in connecting dots and bridging links in the study of prehistoric life. The Tabon Caves in the municipality of Quezon is one such discovery.
What makes the province of Palawan worth a tourist's time and effort? Herewith are the seven sites of wonders which make Palawan a unique travel destination well-suited for those who want to commune with nature.
1. Puerto Princesa City
Puerto Princesa, the province's capital is aptly nicknamed "the city in a forest" because of its natural wonders and its peoples' unwavering commitment to the cause of preservation. Time and again, it has been recognized as the country's greenest city on top of the many international accolades it bagged.
The city's pride is the existence of the Puerto P ...
The Tabon Caves is a set of caves in the Lipuun Point Reservation, also known as the Tabon Cave Complex. The reservation is a 138-hectare museum site that lies along the western coastline of Southern Palawan. The caves are named after the Tabon Scrubfowl.
Tabon Cave Complex has 29 explored caves but only seven of which are open for public viewing. It is believed that about 215 caves are known to exist on Lipuun Point. The place before is an island but due to an extensive mangrove development, it is now a cape connected to the mainland of Palawan.
The Tabon Man was discove ...
An exciting experience one could have is a visit at a place where he used to read in a book during his childhood years. While some may dream to go to places that they once saw in postcards and calendars, others may prefer places with historical significance. If the latter is your choice, Palawan offers some interesting places.
I had a chance last week to go to the famous Tabon caves found at the Lipuun Point Reservation at the northern part of Quezon, Palawan. Quezon by the way is at the southwestern part of Palawan. The cave is where the earliest human remains of human inhabitants in the P ...
Could you endure the adrenaline test
If you think that the Philippines is just all about fine beaches, crystal-clear waters and a marine paradise that tickle your adrenaline for an active recreation or a one-of-a-kind adventure of surfing, swimming, diving and snorkeling, you better snatch your bag pack once more and head on to the countryside.
The terrain of this archipelago has contoured varied and magnificent pitches for you to crawl and creep through, and to squeeze your body from an opening all the way through the end of the channel.
Caves! A hundred caves are awaiting explorat ...
Palawan is one of the Last Unexplored Islands in the Pacific, as well as the location of the 1997 James Bond thriller "Tomorrow Never Dies." Jacques Cousteau remarked that Palawan was the most beautiful place he ever explored. Renowned underwater explorer Jacques Costeau has described Palawan as having one of the most Beautiful Seascapes in the world. Sprawled beneath the seas are nearly 11,000 square kilometers of coral reefs. Myriads of fish swim in these underwater gardens.
Home of Lofty Mountains, Rainforests, and the World's Longest Underground River, Palawan is nestled between Mindoro ...