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'Hobbits' much older than previously thought

By T.K. Randall
April 21, 2017 · Comment icon 5 comments

The cave in which Homo floresiensis was discovered. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Rosino / Flickr
Scientists have revealed that Homo floresiensis is actually one of the earliest known forms of human.
Evidence of the mysterious 'hobbits' of Flores, an island in Indonesia, was first unearthed in a cave back in 2003 - a discovery that would go on to become the topic of much controversy and debate.

One of the biggest questions surrounding the discovery was whether Homo floresiensis was an offshoot of Homo erectus or if it was actually something much older than that.

Now though, researchers in Australia have finally managed to put this debate to bed by revealing that the mysterious 'hobbits' were actually a relative of Homo habilis - a much earlier ancestor of modern humans that lived in Africa around 1.75 million years ago.
This makes Homo floresiensis one of the oldest forms of human ever discovered.

"The analyses show that on the family tree, Homo floresiensis was likely a sister species of Homo habilis," said Dr Debbie Argue. "It means these two shared a common ancestor."

"It's possible that Homo floresiensis evolved in Africa and migrated, or the common ancestor moved from Africa then evolved into Homo floresiensis somewhere."

Source: Independent | Comments (5)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by oldrover 7 years ago
Comment icon #2 Posted by Carnivorfox 7 years ago
So it's just Homo floresiensis now instead of Homo erectus floresiensis. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by DanL 7 months ago
Something that seems to not be considered is the probability that the various different branches of the various sorts of human prehomosapien people had races. In modern man, the various races have a lot of differences in our physical features. I have no doubt that the neandertal was similarly varied as were all of our preceding ancestors.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Piney 7 months ago
You mean regional differences. That's a given. 
Comment icon #5 Posted by jasmin_13 7 months ago
I agree. I also think that neanderthals were probably more varied than modern people. 

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