The discovery of a single foot bone is forcing anthropologists to rethink how people first reached the islands off south-east Asia. It suggests that humans arrived on Luzon, the largest and northernmost major island in the Philippines, at least 67,000 years ago, tens of thousands of years earlier than had been thought.
“The arrival of people in Australia 50,000 to 60,000 years ago is a good comparison,” says expedition member Florent Detroit of the National Museum for Natural History in Paris, France. We have no idea how settlers got to Australia, he says, but we know from the archaeological evidence that they reached it settled it. “It seems coherent for us to think that in south-east Asia and Australia, humans had sea-faring capabilities by 60,000 to 70,000 years ago.”
from: New Scientist