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The 'ape men' of Flores: could homo floresiensis still be alive today ?

By T.K. Randall
February 20, 2023 · Comment icon 39 comments



The cave in which the fossils were found. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Rosino
There have been multiple sightings of small humanoids on the island of Flores in Indonesia over the last few decades.
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 a topic of much controversy and debate.

Named Homo floresiensis, these pint-sized hominids are now believed to be a previously undiscovered species of human which died out somewhere around 60,000 years ago.

Retired anthropology professor Gregory Forth of the University of Alberta, however, believes that stories of a mysterious 'ape-man' on the island could be evidence that these real-life Hobbits continued to survive on the island, against all odds, all the way up to the present day.

In a recent interview with The Debrief, Forth cites numerous cases of encounters the local people of the island have had with small humanoids that have come to be known as the lai ho'a.

Such accounts were so numerous and compelling, in fact, that he started to seek out and document them.
Particularly intriguing was the fact that many of these stories dated back to before the discovery of Homo floresiensis fossils on the island.

Also, unlike many other stories of unknown hominids around the world such as Bigfoot and the Yeti which are said to be very tall, the ape-men of Flores are always described as small in stature.

"They stress that it resembles humans in so far as it stands upright, and it walks bipedally," Forth told The Debrief. "They say the face looks, well, I would say ape-like, but they say monkey-like, because they don't make a distinction between monkeys and apes."

So could the island's inhabitants be encountering a 'living fossil' - a species of human that has held on against all odds - or have they been seeing something else ?

Without physical evidence, it's impossible to know for sure.

Source: The Debrief | Comments (39)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #30 Posted by psyche101 3 months ago
Why do you waste your time on such garbage sources then? Do you have any idea how your sloppy approach to terrible sources damaged any subject you touch? If you have any respect for the subjects you comment on, you would improve your method. I'm going to throw you a bone here. Chew on it. Look up Gregory Forth. He offers opinion pieces you may find more insightful that trolling bing videos. https://www.iflscience.com/anthropologist-believes-an-ancient-human-species-may-have-been-sighted-on-flores-island-67668 And seriously. Shove the meter where the sun doesn't shine. Do us all a... [More]
Comment icon #31 Posted by psyche101 3 months ago
No They don't appear in the fossil record.
Comment icon #32 Posted by DieChecker 3 months ago
Given the size of the island, and the population of the island (Density 122 per Sq Km), I'd say not impossible but very unlikely. Looking at Google Maps, it appears much of the interior is very undeveloped. Lots of dirt roads and big patches of jungle. Given the experts opinions that the Hobbits died out 50k years ago, I think if there are little people there, they're something else. Like a family with dwarfism.
Comment icon #33 Posted by MissJatti 3 months ago
Pint Sized... Hobbit........ Monkey..... Ape like........
Comment icon #34 Posted by the13bats 3 months ago
Im not saying Schizophrenia but when people reply to me and address me as if im a 3rd party and use silly asinine made up bs like meters to speak for them it can make one wonder about that persons mental state.
Comment icon #35 Posted by psyche101 3 months ago
I take offence to his outright promotion of known charlatans and liars, and tries to offer them validity. That's just wrong on so many levels.
Comment icon #36 Posted by the13bats 3 months ago
I fully agree not just about him or the paranormal sections i firmly believe a person should have to back up their claims and if what they consider evidence or proof isnt really that at all it shouldnt be tolerated because its how disinformation is spread in most cases its harmless just makes people look stupid, we have countless claims of things like ghosts, bigfoot, special powers etc many of those claims are quickly and without question debunked and those attached to the claims those known to be using these areas to profit off the credulous are well known. Perhaps the forum should have a se... [More]
Comment icon #37 Posted by jules99 3 months ago
I wonder if DNA from the hobbits would be evident in local tribes?
Comment icon #38 Posted by psyche101 3 months ago
I'm not sure if they could interbreed. Not ever heard of such. Stories claim they will eat children so somewhat feared as an enemy if anything Legend says they were led into a cave which was filled with fodder and set alight killing all but one pair who escaped..
Comment icon #39 Posted by the13bats 3 months ago
In addition im still waiting for him to post the proof he claimed to have that the desecrated human remains Jaime Maussan claims are aliens are not a fraud but proof of aliens.


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