Thursday, October 28, 2004

The Flores hobbit met modern man?

Scientists have found fossil skeletons of a hobbit-like species of human that grew no larger than a three-year-old modern child [in a cave on Flores, Indonesia]. The tiny humans, who had skulls about the size of grapefruits, lived with pygmy elephants and Komodo dragons on a remote island in Indonesia as recently as 13,000 years ago."

Read the rest of it at "Hobbit" Discovered: Tiny Human Ancestor Found in Asia." By Hillary Mayell, National Geographic News, 27 Oct 2004. This is a significant find and National Grographic sponsored the research, so expect a documentary sometime soon. Eight skeletons have apparently been unearthed so far.

See also "Little lady of Flores forces rethink of human evolution." By Rex Dalton, News @, 27 Oct 2004 and the special on Flores which includes the original scientific article.

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