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Researchers recreate the face of the real-life 'Hobbit' of Flores

By T.K. Randall
July 5, 2023 · Comment icon 11 comments

Image Credit: YouTube / Cicero Moraes
The face of this long-lost human ancestor has been painstakingly recreated from fossil remains using computer software.
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.

Named Homo floresiensis, these pint-sized hominids are now believed to be a previously undiscovered species of human which died out somewhere around 50,000 years ago.

Now in a bid to bring the ancient inhabitants of Flores back to life, a team of experts has used special software to create an approximation of what they might have looked like.
The study combined computer tomography (CT) scans of actual skulls with scans of chimpanzees to create a full picture of the face because the fossils themselves were incomplete.

"We deformed [both] to adapt them to the structure of the skull of H. floresiensis and interpolated the data to get an idea of what [the hobbit's] face could look like," co-researcher Cicero Moraes told Live Science.

"The [hobbit] skull is almost complete, missing small parts in the region of the glabella (the part of the forehead directly between the eyebrows) and nasal bone, but fortunately it was possible to design them with the help of anatomical deformation."

You can check out the final result in the video below.



Source: Live Science | Comments (11)




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Comment icon #2 Posted by Myles 10 months ago
That was an ugly girl.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Cho Jinn 9 months ago
Amazing, or more than a bit speculative?
Comment icon #4 Posted by jmccr8 9 months ago
Hi Myles Why do you think she is ugly?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Myles 9 months ago
Ugly can be different for different people.   She is just ugly to me.  Looks more like a more modern man.  
Comment icon #6 Posted by jmccr8 9 months ago
Hi Myles Thanks I can appreciate your position. In reality if you thought of her during her time period you would have had an oppotunity to she her as she was so she may have groomed her hair in a way that was appealing. My first impression was not about beauty as I was looking at structure and symmetry of an ancient human. We don't really know what she looked like as this is a representation based on what we understand about our skeletal and muscular structure.
Comment icon #7 Posted by XenoFish 9 months ago
I've seen uglier.
Comment icon #8 Posted by razman 9 months ago
Face kinda remind me of an Elon Musk complexion.
Comment icon #9 Posted by AlphaGeek 9 months ago
Take the assumed human characteristics. Well you then have an ape/monkey of some type.
Comment icon #10 Posted by AlphaGeek 9 months ago
Sorry folks, It is suppose to read ; Take "away" the assumed human characteristics. Well you then have an ape/monkey of some type. My brain gets ahead of my slow typing skills, and words get left out.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Piney 9 months ago
They were a species of Hominid with a tool industry. There is no "human characteristics". Only less hair. 


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