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Seminar: Florent Détroit
25 MAY 18
Speaker: Prof. Florent Détroit (Associate Professor, National Museum of Natural Hiistory, Paris)

Title: The Evolutionary History of Homo Sapiens and his Contemporaries in Island Southeast Asia : New Fossils, New Analyses, New Hypotheses

Date: Friday, May 25 2018. 3 p.m.
Venue: Room 703, Research Building, IHP, Academia Sinica, Taipei

Callao Cave, Luzon Island, Philippines, is excavated regularly since 2007 in the frame of an international collaboration involving research institutions from the
Philippines, Australia and France, and directed by A.S. Mijares of the
University of the Philippines. A human third metatarsal recovered from Callao
Cave in 2007 and dated to c. 66,000 BP stands presently as the oldest direct
fossil evidence of human presence in the Philippines (Mijares et al., 2010).
Although this bone clearly belongs to the genus Homo, it presents a very
small size and several unusual morphological characteristics that distinguish
it from H. sapiens (Détroit et al., 2013). Several other fossil hominin
elements were recovered from the same cave during the 2011 and 2015 excavation
seasons and are presently under analysis for publication. Due to the peculiar
morphological characteristics and chronological age of this hominin fossil assemblage, we discuss here its affinities and potential relatedness with penecontemporaneous Southeast Asian hominins, including H. sapiens and H. floresiensis, a diminutive species of the genus Homo discovered in 2004 on Flores
Island, which is; like Luzon Island, located in the Wallace area. We will also
examine here the significance of these new discoveries in a larger geographical
and evolutionary context that is rapidly changing those last few years, thanks
to several important discoveries made in East Asia (China, Taiwan), mainland
Southeast Asia (Laos) and island Southeast Asia (Philippines, Indonesia).

Organizers :
- EFEO Taipei Center
- Research Center for Archaeology of Taiwan and Southeast Asia, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica

The conference will be given in English.

With the support of the French Office in Taipei (BFT).