Homo luzonensis Détroit et al., 2019

Luzon man (proposed)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: c.50 ka



Luzon, Philippines












Original scientific description:

Détroit, F., Mijares, A. S., Corny, J., Daver, G., Zanolli, C., Dizon, E., Robles, E., Grün, R. and Piper, P. J. (2019). A new species of Homo from the Late Pleistocene of the Philippines. Nature 568(7751): 181-186. [Abstract]


Other references:

Muir, Brianna. (2020). Let’s talk about species, baby! Taxonomy and species concepts in the context of Homo luzonensis. ANU Undergraduate Research Journal 10(1): 77-87.

Roberts, David L. et al. (2023). Homo floresiensis and Homo luzonensis are not temporally exceptional relative to Homo erectus. Journal of Quaternary Science.

Tocheri, Matthew W. (2019). Previously unknown human species found in Asia raises questions about early hominin dispersals from Africa. Nature 568: 176-178.

van Heteren, Anneke H. et al. (2023). Cementochronology using synchrotron radiation tomography to determine age at death and developmental rate in the holotype of Homo luzonensis. bioRxiv preprint.

Wade, Lizzie. (2019). New species of ancient human unearthed. Science 364(6436): 108.

Zanolli, Clément et al. (2022). Further analyses of the structural organization of Homo luzonensis teeth: Evolutionary implications. Journal of Human Evolution 163: 103124.


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