Professor Philip Piper says the breakthrough could provide new information about human evolutionary history. Photo by Lannon Harley.

Professor Philip Piper says the breakthrough could provide new information about human evolutionary history. Photo by Lannon Harley.

 

New species on the scene

Researchers on the island of Luzon needed help to identify animal bones. That just happens to be the specialty of Professor Philip Piper from ANU. Jess Fagan reports.

Professor Piper had only just begun work in the Philippines in late 2007 when he was part of this truly remarkable discovery of bones in Callao Cave.

“I was brought in to the project because my specialisation  is zooarchaeology or the study of animal bones – I love looking  at human-animal interactions throughout history,” he says.

Piper was still settling in when he made the breakthrough.