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Mystifying human fossils were found on the island of Flores, Indonesia. These adult humans, first estimated to be about 18,000 years old, were just three feet tall. The scientific name for these fossils is Homo floresiensis. However, they have been affectionately nicknamed “hobbits.
Starting with the biblical worldview, there are only three options for what the hobbits could be: 1) nonhuman species (one of the ape kinds), 2) true humans, but a disease or poor nutrition prevented them from achieving a more normal size, 3) true humans whose small stature represented the created variation.
Ever since the discovery of tiny human skeletons in Liang Bua cave on the Indonesian island of Flores a decade ago, anthropologists have debated their origins. The Homo floresiensis—nicknamed “hobbits”—were clearly human. Where did such small people come from?
Indonesia’s Flores Island was probably populated not by a Lilliputian human species but just ordinary people including a person with Down syndrome.
The University of Western Australia's Emeritus Professor Charles Oxnard and colleagues have reconfirmed that the “Hobbits” were human after all.
The hobbit of Indonesia is back in the news again, and this time, the spotlight is again on scientists who think the hobbit was fully human.
Did “hobbits” inhabit Indonesia’s Flores Island more than a million years ago?
One of the Indonesian “hobbit” fossils said to be a unique species of human from 18,000 years ago may have dropped by the dentist for a filling last century, reports ScienceNOW’s Elizabeth Culotta.
“Thousands” of human bones have been unearthed belonging to “numerous individuals,” some of whom were “of particularly small size.” More hobbits, perhaps?
The debate over “hobbit” remains found in an Indonesian island cave shows no signs of slowing. Creating news this time is a new theory published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Another study about the famous (or is it infamous?) “hobbit,” further stokes the debate: diseased or different?
The island of Flores, Indonesia, was the discovery site of fossil adult humans just three feet tall with a cranial capacity of about 380 cubic centimeters. Their scientific name is Homo floresiensis. However, they have been nicknamed “hobbits,” after the stars of the Lord of the Rings saga by Tolkien.
Researchers debate about the “hobbit” skeleton discovered earlier this year.
Mystifying human fossils were found on the island of Flores, Indonesia, by a team led by Peter Brown and M. J. Morwood, and reported in Nature.
The American TV network CBS—on its premier news program, 60 Minutes—aired a highly speculative segment on the controversial Indonesian fossil find called “Flores Man.”