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New “hobbit” bones bolster species claim

Posted on Wednesday, 12 October, 2005 | Comment icon 6 comments


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"Newly discovered bones have strengthened claims that small human-like “hobbits” roamed Indonesia as recently as 12,000 years ago."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by cutycub on 12 October, 2005, 23:24
Heheh what a coincidence! My science teacher was talking about them today and I read about them in Times Mag. Hehe
Comment icon #2 Posted by lord_zen_marcus on 12 October, 2005, 23:36
I think I heard about this, didn't they find this in a cave?
Comment icon #3 Posted by whoa182 on 13 October, 2005, 6:57
There was a program on TV the other week saying how they were not a seperate species and just diseased humans, I never got to watch all the program but I think that was the conclusion by the end of it. This latest discovery is great
Comment icon #4 Posted by AztecInca on 13 October, 2005, 7:01
Well this will indeed help to keep the debate going!
Comment icon #5 Posted by blizno on 19 October, 2005, 16:38
"Morwood's team is itself moving away from the dwarfing theory. The hobbits have disproportionately long arms relative to their legs, and so cannot be scaled-down versions either of modern humans or Homo erectus, who have had the same body proportions for 1.6 million years." I read that some people are suggesting they could have been descended from homo habilis. That's the last hominid we know of that had long arms and short legs before homo erectus came along with its body very similar to ours. If any species of homo habilis could make sophisticated stone tools and light fires I'd be amazed. ... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by blizno on 24 October, 2005, 13:39
Could they have just been midgets? oo; Their brains are much smaller for their body size than any modern human, except for microcephalics. If they are modern humans, they changed greatly since they were isolated, and more than just getting very small.


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