These million-year-old skulls are a must-see

Traveling Museum PH takes a tour around Manila universities starting this month


( Looking back into the past isn’t only cool on Thursdays. After all, the past makes us what we are today. Bones aren’t exactly most people’s cup of tea. But when they’re a million years old, they deserve your attention.


This year, fossils of prehistoric beings travel around Manila in a series of exhibits presented by The Traveling Museum PH entitled The Journey of Mankind: The First Humans Out of Africa. We don’t know about you, but we’re itching to know more about the lives of the first prehistoric humans in Eurasia. Seeing their actual fossils is surely different from observing them on Nat Geo.



The exhibits showcase three well-preserved human skulls found in Dmanisi, Georgia, thousands of miles away from East Africa where the Homo erectus is believed to have evolved. They also feature fossils of extinct animals such as the skull of a saber-toothed cat and a wolf, Canis etruscus, an elephant molar, and five stone tools dating back to 1.77 million years ago.


Director General of the Georgian National Museum and scientific head of the Dmanisi expedition David Lordkipanidze will share more about the discovery of these skulls and analyze with visitors how the first humans adapted after leaving Africa during the exhibit’s kickoff on February 9, 5 p.m. at the Ateneo Leong Hall Auditorium.

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The Dmanisi hominid fossils will take a tour around different universities in Manila, running for four weeks in each school.


Dates for the fossil exhibition are as follows:

Ateneo de Manila University - February 9 to March 4
Jose Rizal University - March 14 to April 6
University of Santo Tomas - April 25 to May 28
University of the East - June 27 to July 22
University of the Philippines Diliman - August 2 to 26
De La Salle University - September 12 to October 14


The Journey of Mankind: First Humans Out of Africa opens on February 9, 5 p.m. at the Ateneo Leong Hall Auditorium, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City (426-5990 local 5270 or For more information, visit The Traveling Museum PH’s Facebook page.

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