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Hobbits May Be Earliest Australians
The Australian ^ | 12-8-2005 | Carmelo Amalfi/Leigh Dayton

Posted on 12/07/2005 3:01:40 PM PST by blam

Hobbits may be earliest Australians

Carmelo Amalfi and Leigh Dayton
December 08, 2005

THE tiny hobbit-like humans of Indonesia may have lived in Australia before they became extinct about 11,000 years ago.

The startling claim comes from archaeologist Mike Morwood, leader of the team that in 2003 uncovered remains of the 1m-tall hominid at Liang Bua cave on Indonesia's Flores island.

They believe the pint-size person - known officially as Homo floresiensis and unofficially as the "Hobbit" - was wiped out by a volcanic eruption that spared their Homo sapiens neighbours.

Speaking at a public lecture in Perth, Professor Morwood from the University of New England in Armidale, NSW, raised the prospect that Hobbits colonised Australia before Aboriginal settlers arrived about 60,000 years go.

He suggested that the Hobbits may have been pushed out by the bigger people, in part because their population was too small to compete.

"This is seriously being discussed now by the archaeological community in Australia as a result of our work in Indonesia," Professor Morwood said.

He suggested that further field work at sites in Indonesia and northern Australia could provide answers.

But one of Professor Morwood's colleagues on the discovery team was surprised by the notion of Hobbits in Australia. "It's the first I've heard about it," said Bert Roberts, a dating expert with the University of Wollongong.

"Call me a wet blanket, but I'm not sure where Mike thinks he's going to excavate."

Professor Roberts said conditions during the north Australian wet season meant that small, ancient remains were unlikely to have survived.

He noted that no early human remains have been unearthed in northern Australia and said that even the remains of the giant prehistoric animals, the mega-fauna, were scarce.

"Realistically, there's one cave on the planet with the remains of this species. How about looking some place close to Liang Bua cave," Professor Roberts said.

"Australia is a wild conjecture."

There is also the troubling question of how the Hobbits would have travelled south from their Indonesian homeland. To date, there's no hard evidence they could sail or raft.

Professor Morwood's surprising suggestion follows a recent report in the journal Nature that the team has been denied exploration permits to excavate at Liang Bua cave, although other sites are approved.

"We're waiting for the dust to settle," said Professor Roberts, referring to a long-running dispute with Indonesia's senior paleoanthropologist, Teuku Jacob of Gajah Mada University in Yogyakarta.

Professor Jacob, who temporarily snatched the Hobbit remains, claimed the creature was a deformed human and wished to work at the cave to prove his point.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: australians; earliest; flores; godsgravesglyphs; hobbit; hobbits; homofloresiensis; mikemorwood; multiregionalism
"To date, there's no hard evidence they could sail or raft. "

Huh? It's my understanding that Flores was/is an island before, during and after the Ice Age.

1 posted on 12/07/2005 3:01:41 PM PST by blam
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping.


2 posted on 12/07/2005 3:02:16 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

Photos needed... :)


3 posted on 12/07/2005 3:02:46 PM PST by Libertina
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To: Darksheare; HairOfTheDog

ping


4 posted on 12/07/2005 3:03:28 PM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham
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To: Do not dub me shapka broham

This gets posted from time to time :~D


5 posted on 12/07/2005 3:04:08 PM PST by HairOfTheDog (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/ 1,000 knives and counting!)
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To: Libertina; blam
Not really what I had in mind ;)
6 posted on 12/07/2005 3:05:00 PM PST by Libertina
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To: blam
They believe the pint-size person - known officially as Homo floresiensis and unofficially as the "Hobbit" - was wiped out by a volcanic eruption

Another theory is that their hole was taken out by a thermobarbaric nuke...

7 posted on 12/07/2005 3:06:16 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat ((circle, circle, circle) "We go nonstop, too" (circle, circle, circle...))
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To: blam

How ironic that Hobbits may have been the first Australians, but it was a Kiwi that made the movies!


8 posted on 12/07/2005 3:06:56 PM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: Libertina
Here you go...


9 posted on 12/07/2005 3:07:12 PM PST by Redcloak (We'll raise up our glasses against evil forces singin' "whiskey for my men and beer for my horses!")
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To: Libertina

Appear to be adult teeth, but I am no dentist, so that's not a juvenile.


10 posted on 12/07/2005 3:09:00 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Many at FR would respond to Christ "Darn right, I'll cast the first stone!")
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To: blam

Exactly - to be in Australia proper they would have needed some means of getting to or from there...

Lovely theory of his, but I just can't see what he's basing it on apart from wishful thinking as the other fellow said...


11 posted on 12/07/2005 3:16:37 PM PST by Androcles (All your typos are belong to us)
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To: blam

But there were some survivors, they made it to New Zealand. I have three movies that can prove this.


12 posted on 12/07/2005 3:23:09 PM PST by U S Army EOD (LINCOLN COUNTY RED DEVILS STATE CHAMPIONS)
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To: blam

Tiny, hobbit like humans? Extinct? No, no, they live and whine in France, Germany and Spain. Oh, yeah!


13 posted on 12/07/2005 3:41:17 PM PST by Continental Soldier
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To: blam
Calling them "hobbits" sure does give one a case of the warm fuzzies. When I was growing up, we always called them by the politically incorrect name, pygmies.
14 posted on 12/07/2005 3:52:44 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (It's no coincidence that the Democrat mascot is a jackass.)
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To: blam
To date, there's no hard evidence they could sail or raft.

They got to the island somehow. That's evidence, but I suppose it would be called "soft", even though it seems fairly decisive to me.

15 posted on 12/07/2005 4:01:53 PM PST by El Gato
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Pygmies are typicaly taller than the "Hobbits"; usually ~1.5 m in height. The "Hobbits"; on the other hand, averaged only ~1 m.
16 posted on 12/07/2005 6:03:06 PM PST by Redcloak (We'll raise up our glasses against evil forces singin' "whiskey for my men and beer for my horses!")
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Short pygmies?


17 posted on 12/07/2005 6:24:59 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (It's no coincidence that the Democrat mascot is a jackass.)
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Professor Jacob, who temporarily snatched the Hobbit remains, claimed the creature was a deformed human and wished to work at the cave to prove his point.

Or an extraterrestrial.

18 posted on 12/07/2005 8:21:04 PM PST by SteveMcKing ("No empire collapses because of technical reasons. They collapse because they are unnatural.")
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To: FlingWingFlyer

What would be the diminutive of "pygmy"? "Pygmalion"?


19 posted on 12/07/2005 9:08:53 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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It's my understanding that Flores was/is an island before, during and after the Ice Age.
That's also my understanding. It's been an island for more than 800,000 years, the date of some stone tools left by Erectus, or hey, who knows, maybe the Halflings.

Thanks Blam.

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20 posted on 12/07/2005 9:36:24 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Down with Dhimmicrats! I last updated my FR profile on Wednesday, November 2, 2005.)
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To: blam

Interesting but..........


21 posted on 12/07/2005 11:14:21 PM PST by Dustbunny (Main Stream Media -- Making 'Max Headroom' a reality.)
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They might have been crazed blood thirsty hobbits.


22 posted on 12/07/2005 11:30:30 PM PST by expatguy (http://laotze.blogspot.com/)
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Current issue of Discover reports that Penn. State U. researchers have concluded "Homo floresiensis is not a valid new human species." Article says that some consider the bones to be those of a "pygmy...who had microcephaly."
What are the odds of anyone finding, among the very few human fossils ever found, a pinhead pygmy? However, it seems the fellow who found this specimen won't be permitted by the Indonesian govt to return to find another one.


23 posted on 12/10/2005 4:03:59 PM PST by Graymatter
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