‘Hobbit’ Ancestor Found in Indonesia

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Thumbnail Image -  A cast of the Homo floresiensis skull, By Ryan Somma

An ancestor to the mysterious ‘hobbit’ species of humans has been found, according to an international team of scientists. 

Remains of Homo floresiensis, a mysterious, pygmy like human species, were first found on the island of Flores, Indonesia, in 2003. The unusual creatures have been nicknamed hobbits, in reference to their similarities to the characters from J.R.R Tolkien’s popular fantasy books. 

The first specimen, discovered in the Liang Bua cave on Flores, was surrounded by stone tools and animal remains. Thirty years old at the time of death, the female H.floresiensis would have been about 3.5 foot (1.06 metres) tall. Subsequent discoveries of jaw and skeletal remains from eight similarly diminuitive individuals led scientists to conclude in a 2009 study that the initial discovery had not been an anomaly.




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