More than 90 people from the Australian National University and the Filipino-Australian community in Canberra attended the public lecture on an archaeological discovery in the Philippines with Professor Armand Mijares of the University of the Philippines and Professor Philip Piper of the Australian National University on 01 July 2019 in Canberra, Australia.
CANBERRA, Australia – Filipino Professor Armand Mijares of the University of the Philippines and Professor Philip Piper of the Australian National University 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 01 July 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 and learned about the significance of this discovery in understanding hominin evolution in Southeast Asia.
Professor Mijares and Professor 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, H.E. 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.” END
(L-R) Professor Philip Piper of the School of Archaeology in Australian National University, H.E. Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega, Philippine Ambassador to Australia, and Professor Armand Mijares of the Archaeological Studies Program of the University of the Philippines during the public lecture on the discovery of Homo Luzonensis in the Philippines on 01 July 2019 in Canberra.