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Posted on 07/28/2013 7:11:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
The archaeologist who helped discover the extinct Homo species Flores Hobbit, Professor Mike Morwood, has died after a struggle with cancer.
New Zealand-born Professor Morwood, who was based at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Wollongong, was also a world expert in Australian rock art.
Professor Morwood was based at the University of New England in 2003 when he and a team of Indonesian researchers excavated the Liang Bua Cave on the island of Flores and found a set of curious bones that came to be known as Homo floresiensis or the Hobbit.
The discovery would eventually lead to a radical reassessment of human evolution.
He was interested in the big questions about happened in human evolution. We know Homo erectus was Indonesia but they never made it to Australia, while Aboriginal people did. So uncovering what happened in between was his real interest and thats why he ended up on the remote island of Flores, said Alice Gorman, lecturer in Archaeology at Flinders University, who knew Professor Morwood personally.
It wasnt like he walked into a cave and saw a new species. It required a huge amount of research, and a massive excavation, in order to piece together the evidence, she said.
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Never trust a hobbit. They are sneaky and cannot be seen when they wish it.
Maybe he helped you discover Hobbits but JRR Tolkien discovered Hobbits.
I wonder if there is any correlation between being homo and being extinct?
I have his book about the Hobbits.