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It is the largest province in the country in terms of total area of jurisdiction.

Its capital is the city of Puerto Princesa, but the city is governed independently from the province as a highly urbanized city.

Robert Fox in the caves of Lipuun Point and its immediate vicinity.

It brought to light an astonishing concentration of archaeological cave sites containing substantial cultural materials with an extensive time range unsurpassed in the Philippines, and possibly equaled only in a few sites in Southeast Asia (e.g. The artifacts recovered belong to different periods ranging from 50,000 years ago to the 14th century A. The most celebrated archaeological find is the Tabon Man, one of the oldest known human skeletal remains in the Philippines dating back to 16,500 years (14,000 B. The oldest human fossil so far recovered from the Tabon Cave, however, is a tibia (bone of the lower leg) that dates back to 47,000 years (45,000 B. The National Museum estimates that only 25 percent of the archaeological sites have been excavated leaving much of the area for future archaeological expeditions.

Because of Palawan's proximity to Borneo, southern portions of the island were under the control of the Sultanate of Brunei for more than two centuries, and Islam was introduced.

Major infrastructure developmental projects are already in place and it is expected that Tabon Caves will become a major archaeological and tourism destination for domestic and foreign tourists in the country.

Surviving ancient tribal artwork include reliefs of elephants, sharks, and fish found at Tabon Caves.

Approximately 5,000 years ago, a culturally distinct period characterised by jar burials is evident. Over 1500 jars and a mural depicting a burial procession were found.

The Tabon Caves are now known as the Cradle of Philippine Civilization The Palawano and Tagbanwa, are believed to be direct descendants of Palawan's earliest settlers.

They developed an informal form of government, an alphabet, and a system of trading with seafaring merchants.