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67k-year-old bone unearthed in Philippines

August 3, 2010 12:42:27 AM PDT
An ancient bone discovered in the Philippines suggests that humans have been living there for a lot longer than previously thought.The tiny foot bone was found near a cave in the northern part of the country. It's believed to have come from a 4-foot tall pygmy-like adult.

Previously, the oldest human remains in the Philippines were from 47,000 years ago. The archaeologist who has it says this bone is much, much older.

"With the dating, (it) goes ? roughly 67,000 years ago, making it one of the oldest Homo sapiens remains in Asia Pacific," Dr. Armand Salvador Mijares said.

That would pre-date the other bones by some 20,000 years. However, more testing still needs to be done to confirm the age.