Until now, dinosaurs have never been found in the Philippines — and this is unlikely to happen. • This is because the Philippine archipelago was formed only 5 million years after the dinosaurs were destroyed. • On the other hand, many other prehistoric animals lived in the Philippines during the Pleistocene.
It's not easy to become a dinosaur fanatic if you live in the Philippines. With the exception of Jurassic Park and similar movies, old National Geographic issues found in your Book Sale purchases, or Barney's and his friends' smiling faces that you can buy in Divisoria, Filipinos rarely talk about the so-called "terrible lizard" who lived in the world millions of years before our forefathers.
One of the biggest reasons? According to the fossil record (remains or bones of ancient animals and plants), no dinosaurs ever lived in the Philippines.
There are dinosaurs everywhere ... except in the Philippines
In many parts of the world, however, the amazing findings of paleontology experts are there.
There is the fossil of the dinosaur Psittacosaurus from China, which in good condition has been used by experts to build the most realistic statue of a dinosaur today.
In Canada, however, the miners unexpectedly discovered the magnificent fossils of the nodosaurs (a species of dinosaur with armor, such as Ankylosaurus). It was named Borealopelta markmitchelli by paleontologists.
Therefore, while the world is busy adjusting dinosaur categories and discovering the true cause of their extinction, we are still looking forward to the day when we see a Tyrannosaurus rex or its species in the Philippines. At first glance, it's not that bad.
New Zealand is an example: After a long time no dinosaurs were found in that country, a fossil was discovered by a theropod (a dinosaur that ate meat and walked with two feet instead of four) in 1975's Hawke's Bay.
If so, why don't we find dinosaurs in the Philippines yet?
The penetrating question In fact, the answer is simple — and it is found in the geological history of our country.
It is believed that the Philippine archipelago was formed during the late Oligocene period (28.1 to 23.03 million years ago) and mid-Miocene (16 to 11.6 million years ago). The earliest island of the Philippines is believed to have emerged from the bottom of the ocean about 60 million years ago.
Unfortunately, five million years before this happened, the last remaining dinosaurs in the world died.
In other words, no dinosaurs have ever been found in the Philippines (and we are unlikely to find one here) since the islands of the Philippines were not yet formed during the dinosaurs.