Skip to comments.A Tiny Hominid With No Place on the Family Tree
Posted on 04/27/2009 9:45:55 PM PDT by rdl6989
STONY BROOK, N.Y. Six years after their discovery, the extinct little people nicknamed hobbits who once occupied the Indonesian island of Flores remain mystifying anomalies in human evolution, out of place in time and geography, their ancestry unknown. Recent research has only widened their challenge to conventional thinking about the origins, transformations and migrations of the early human family. Indeed, the more scientists study the specimens and their implications, the more they are drawn to heretical speculation.
¶Were these primitive survivors of even earlier hominid migrations out of Africa, before Homo erectus migrated about 1.8 million years ago? Could some of the earliest African toolmakers, around 2.5 million years ago, have made their way across Asia?
¶Did some of these migrants evolve into new species in Asia, which moved back to Africa? Two-way traffic is not unheard of in other mammals.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
How did the Hobbits get from New Zealand to Flores?
Interesting, thanks for the article.
New Zealand used to be known as Isengard.
That’s where they were taken.
Thanks for the pings, rdl6989 and BIGLOOK.
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Image: JOHN GURCHE PORTRAIT OF A PIONEER With a brain half the size of a modern one and a brow reminiscent of Homo habilis, this hominid is one of the most primitive members of our genus on record. Paleoartist John Gurche reconstructed this 1.75-million-year-old explorer from a nearly complete teenage H. erectus skull and associated mandible found in Dmanisi in the Republic of Georgia. The background figures derive from two partial crania recovered at the site.
I feel a certain kinship with the wee, lonely thing.
I read the title and thought “AHA, Another obama thread”
Without tools, power sources, or anything else beyond the scant clothes on their backs, they struggled to survive in the new and hostile environment of the primitive world on which they found themselves.
Alas, the fledgling 'colony' finally succumbed to the strange environment, without ever making contact with the descendants of their far distant ancestors for whom they were searching, who had crashed in Africa in the far distant past....
News...and ships...travels slowly across the vast reaches of intergalactic space, but travel it does. Even as I type, another research & rescue mission is nearing the unsuspecting Sol System, where the siren song of distress beacons play their dirge to the stars.
...or... the “hobbits” are indignenous, and our ancestors were the stranded star travelers... ;’)
:’) Thanks blam. I know what you mean, Salamander.
To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
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