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The "Hobbit"

Today's Independent has a piece about the diminutive female skeleton found on the island of Flores and nicknamed the Hobbit. Since her discovery argument has raged among the experts about whether she was a pathological specimen, perhaps suffering from microcephaly, or represents a different type of human. The article implies that opinion is now favouring the human idea. Either she was a dwarf form of Homo sapiens or, even more exciting, she could have been a descendant of Homo erectus on a separate line from us.

I hope this is correct. It's delightful to think that a version of Homo erectus was around as late as 18,000 years ago, pursuing the pygmy elephants that also lived on the island.


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