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Hobbits Mastered Use Of Stone Tools
The Australian ^ | 10-9-2007 | Leigh Dayton

Posted on 10/09/2007 10:26:13 AM PDT by blam

Hobbits mastered use of stone tools

Leigh Dayton, Science writer
October 09, 2007

HOBBITS may have had long arms and tiny brains but our new-found cousins were agile and smart enough to make stone tools used to fashion other tools, probably for hunting and butchering animals.

What's more, they did so at least 40,000 years before modern humans arrived on their home island of Flores in Indonesia.

The discovery comes from Queensland scientists who have studied wear patterns and residue on about 100 stone tools found with the remains of hobbits (Homo floresiensis) in Liang Bua cave by Australian and Indonesian researchers.

University of Queensland and Southern Cross University archeologist and paleobotanist Carol Lentfer said: "We're talking about a creature that was fairly well advanced. It was able to use stone tools to make other tools - value-adding in a sense."

Working with University of Queensland colleagues Michael Haslam and Gail Robertson, Dr Lentfer found evidence of plant work and butchery on stone flakes and cobbles from archeological layers ranging from 12,000 to 55,000 years old.

They identified blood and bone on some tools, but more than 90 per cent of the residues were from woody and fibrous plants. That doesn't mean the metre-high people ate only a little meat, but rather that most of the tools studied so far were used for working with plants.

"Maybe they were making spear-shafts or traps or sharpening sticks," Dr Lentfer said.

"So far there's no evidence they used stone spear points for hunting. They probably used fire-hardened sticks."

(Excerpt) Read more at theaustralian.news.com.au ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; hobbit; hobbits; stone; tools; use

1 posted on 10/09/2007 10:26:17 AM PDT by blam
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping.


2 posted on 10/09/2007 10:26:44 AM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam

3 posted on 10/09/2007 10:30:15 AM PDT by wastedyears (George Orwell was a clairvoyant.)
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To: blam
HOBBITS may have had long arms and tiny brains

Frodo would take offense.

4 posted on 10/09/2007 10:31:08 AM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: wastedyears

Why don’t Hobbits wear shoes?....................


5 posted on 10/09/2007 10:31:32 AM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we have consensus.......)
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To: Red Badger

I have no idea.


6 posted on 10/09/2007 10:36:16 AM PDT by wastedyears (George Orwell was a clairvoyant.)
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To: blam

Hobbits? There really were Hobbits?

Are you sure they were not merely crows that learned how to manipulate tools?


7 posted on 10/09/2007 10:36:32 AM PDT by alloysteel (Ignorance is no handicap for some people in a debate. They just get more shrill.)
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To: blam

Isn’t that Precious!


8 posted on 10/09/2007 10:38:46 AM PDT by driftdiver
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To: blam; Red Badger; All

Who would have ever thought that a female of that species would run for President of the United States.

Oh...and BTW, they can’t wear shoes because their ankles are too big.


9 posted on 10/09/2007 10:38:57 AM PDT by econjack ("You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.")
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To: Red Badger

They have hairy leathery feet with no need for shoes. Middle Earth’s climate there in the Shire was very temperate.

Frodo Lives.


10 posted on 10/09/2007 10:40:18 AM PDT by shankbear (Al-Qaeda grew while Monica blew)
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To: blam

This is relatively old news. There is a really interesting BBC documentary that can be watched at Stage6.com regarding this species “Homo Floresiensis” and the controversy over exactly what they were and from which evolutionary branch they originated from. It is a very fair documentary to each party in the controversy.


11 posted on 10/09/2007 10:41:24 AM PDT by lnbchip
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To: econjack

Dick Morris must be a Hobbit lover...............


12 posted on 10/09/2007 10:41:33 AM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we have consensus.......)
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To: blam

Do they have any artist’s conceptions of these people or computer generated skull projections?....


13 posted on 10/09/2007 10:42:37 AM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we have consensus.......)
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To: blam

The ring is the thing....even in Middle Earth as it is in the NFL....(chuckle)


14 posted on 10/09/2007 10:43:09 AM PDT by Badeye (Free Willie!)
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To: blam
I have proof I am descended from a species with long arms and small brians . No reparations no piece .
15 posted on 10/09/2007 10:43:29 AM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it , freedom has a flavor the protected will never know)
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To: shankbear

The stone tools they found were for harvesting pipeweed.


16 posted on 10/09/2007 10:45:30 AM PDT by frithguild (The Freepers moved as a group, like a school of sharks sweeping toward an unaware and unarmed victim)
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To: Red Badger

They have fur.


17 posted on 10/09/2007 10:45:42 AM PDT by SolidWood ("I knew my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol.")
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To: blam

I wonder if J.R.R. Tolkien knew about this?


18 posted on 10/09/2007 10:46:47 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: blam

Young Earth creationists to thread.


19 posted on 10/09/2007 10:46:54 AM PDT by SomeReasonableDude (Back it up.)
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To: alloysteel
Hobbits? There really were Hobbits?

Yes, and Atlantis too!

These yahoos really irk. They take something in a fable or scifi and investigate it like it's actual history.

20 posted on 10/09/2007 10:47:51 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: kbennkc
I have proof I am descended from a species with long arms and small brians

I hope a "brian" is not the same as something else with a male name.

21 posted on 10/09/2007 12:33:48 PM PDT by Disambiguator (Political Correctness is criminal insanity writ large.)
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To: Disambiguator

That would be a william jefferson , also small . You humans sheesh .


22 posted on 10/09/2007 12:44:38 PM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it , freedom has a flavor the protected will never know)
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To: blam
A recently spotted a bumper sticker here in LA:

"Frodo failed. Bush has the Ring".

Regards

23 posted on 10/09/2007 1:02:28 PM PDT by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment.. A "Concerned )Citizen".)
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