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  • New Fossils Hint 'Hobbit' Humans Are Older Than Thought

    06/08/2016 7:56:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    National Geographic ^ | June 8, 2016 | Adam Hoffman
    For the past decade, a fossil human relative about the size of a toddler has loomed large in the story of our evolutionary history. This mysterious creature—found on the Indonesian island of Flores—has sparked a heated debate about its origins, including questions over its classification as a unique species. But now, a scattering of teeth and bone may at last unlock the mystery of the “hobbits,” also known as Homo floresiensis. The 700,000-year-old human remains are the first found outside Liang Bua cave, the site on Flores that yielded the original hobbit fossils. The much older samples show intriguing similarities...
  • Indonesian 'Hobbits' may have died out sooner than thought

    03/31/2016 2:58:03 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 49 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | March 30, 2016 | Griffith University
    An ancient species of pint-sized humans discovered in the tropics of Indonesia may have met their demise earlier than once believed, according to an international team of scientists who reinvestigated the original finding. Published in the journal Nature this week, the group challenges reports that these inhabitants of remote Flores island co-existed with modern humans for tens of thousands of years. They found that the youngest age for Homo floresiensis, dubbed the 'Hobbit', is around 50,000 years ago not between 13,000 and 11,000 years as initially claimed. Led by Indonesian scientists and involving researchers from Griffith University's Research Centre of...
  • Mystery 'hobbits' not humans like us: study

    02/17/2016 9:02:35 PM PST · by Utilizer · 41 replies, Science X network ^ | February 15, 2016 | Unknown
    Diminutive humans that died out on an Indonesian island some 15,000 years ago were not Homo sapiens but a different species, according to a study published Monday that dives into a fierce anthropological debate. Fossils of Homo floresiensis--dubbed "the hobbits" due to their tiny stature--were discovered on the island of Flores in 2003. Controversy has raged ever since as to whether they are an unknown branch of early humans or specimens of modern man deformed by disease. The new study, based on an analysis of the skull bones, shows once and for all that the pint-sized people were not Homo...
  • Ancient tools may shed light on the mysterious ‘hobbit’

    01/15/2016 7:21:04 PM PST · by Utilizer · 25 replies
    Science Mag ^ | Jan. 13, 2016 | Elizabeth Culotta
    The "hobbit" had neighbors. Back in 2004, researchers announced the discovery of this tiny, ancient human, which apparently hunted dwarf elephants with stone tools on the Indonesian island of Flores 18,000 years ago. Its discoverers called the 1-meter-tall creature Homo floresiensis, but skeptics wondered whether it was just a stunted modern human. In the years since, researchers have debunked many of the "sick hobbit" hypotheses. Yet scientists have continued to wonder where the species came from. Now, an international team originally led by the hobbit discoverer reports stone tools, dated to 118,000 to 194,000 years ago, from another Indonesian island,...
  • McCain Sees Very Good and Very Bad Choices in GOP Field

    12/02/2015 11:55:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Newsweek ^ | December 2, 2015 | Emily Cadei
    John McCain was in a reflective, wisecracking mood Wednesday morning in Washington, but even in his most upbeat moments, he couldn’t find much kind to say about Senate colleague Ted Cruz. The GOP’s 2008 presidential nominee told reporters at a press breakfast that he wanted to “accentuate the positive” in the 2016 race. He tiptoed around real estate tycoon Donald Trump’s steely grip on the Republican presidential primary. When asked about the possibility of Trump becoming the party’s nominee, he emphasized that he’s a loyal Republican. McCain did point out that he had disagreements with Trump. But then, unbidden, he...
  • Unite or Die: The ‘Hobbits’ Plan to Take Over the GOP

    08/17/2015 5:04:03 PM PDT · by kindred · 18 replies ^ | 08-17-15 | Dan Schultz
    Did you know that the Republican Party is only at half strength? “Half strength.” What does that mean? It means that in your voting precinct, where you live, the Republican Party only has, probably, one-half of the local, precinct-level, voting member slots of the Party filled with a warm body. These slots are called “precinct committeeman” in most states. And the reason conservatives have been pretty much impotent when it comes to having a voice “inside” the BEST political tool for defeating the Democrats – the Republican Party – is because not enough conservatives are “in” the Republican Party where...

    08/12/2015 10:42:50 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 17 replies ^ | 8-12-2015 | DANIEL J. SCHULTZ
    Did you know that the Republican Party is only at half strength? “Half strength.” What does that mean? It means that in your voting precinct, where you live, the Republican Party only has, probably, one-half of the local, precinct-level, voting member slots of the Party filled with a warm body. These slots are called “precinct committeeman” in most states. And the reason conservatives have been pretty much impotent when it comes to having a voice “inside” the BEST political tool for defeating the Democrats – the Republican Party – is because not enough conservatives are “in” the Republican Party where...
  • The Debt Ceiling and the Renunciatory Quest

    11/13/2013 8:33:58 PM PST · by The_Reader_David · 3 replies
    Ortho Opinions ^ | Friday, July 29, 2011 | The_Reader_David
    Let's forgive Senator McCain for confounding Middle Earth with The Shire. The Senator's sudden insertion of Tolkein's Lord of the Rings into the debate over the U.S. national debt immediately evoked in me the reaction "Senator McCain is, evidently, casting himself as Saruman." Saruman and his minions are the only characters in the entire trilogy to sneer at hobbits, and Senator McCain's brand of bipartisanship so often seems to echo the fallen wizard: "But we must have power, power to order all things as we will, for that good which only the Wise can see." "And listen, Gandalf, my old...
  • The Real 'Hobbit' Had Larger Brain Than Thought

    04/17/2013 10:34:45 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies
    Live Science ^ | 4-18-2013 | Charles Choi
    The Real 'Hobbit' Had Larger Brain Than Thought Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Date: 16 April 2013 Time: 07:01 PM ETThe hobbit, Homo floresiensis, lived on the island of Flores some 18,000 years ago, and now researchers have more evidence (its relatively large brain) the diminutive creature was a unique human species. The brain of the extinct "hobbit" was bigger than often thought, researchers say. These findings add to evidence that the hobbit was a unique species of humans after all, not a deformed modern human, scientists added. The 18,000-year-old fossils of the extinct type of human officially known as Homo...
  • The Director and Stars of “The Hobbit” Share Thoughts on Bravery, Mercy and Tolkien’s Christianity

    12/10/2012 6:04:54 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 34 replies
    Patheos/Christopher Closeup ^ | December 10, 2012 | Tony Rossi
    The new film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (opening Dec. 14) has got action and adventure galore, just like “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy that preceded it. But the director and actors who worked on the movie are well aware of the deeper themes that lie at the heart of the work of J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973), who authored all the original books, published between 1937 and 1955. At a recent press conference about the film in New York City, Richard Armitage, who portrays the Dwarf warrior Thorin Oakenshield, said, “One of the things I find when I look...
  • Sen. McCain huddles with Democrats on new campaign finance reform proposal

    05/16/2012 12:26:32 PM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 16, 2012 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. John McCain is talking with Democrats about a joint effort to require outside groups that have spent millions of dollars on this year’s elections to disclose their donors. McCain (R-Ariz.), once Congress’s leading champion of campaign finance reform, has kept a low profile on the issue in recent years. He raised the ire of many Republicans a decade ago for pushing comprehensive reform, and many Republicans still held it against him during his 2008 presidential campaign.
  • McCain to Romney critics: 'Lighten up!'

    03/11/2012 9:45:37 AM PDT · by bkopto · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 9, 2012 | Josh Fatzick
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Friday defended GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney from critics who mocked him for calling himself an "unofficial Southerner" at a campaign stop the previous day. "Now they’re attacking Romney for joking about learning to say “y’all”? According to the left, no one can have a sense of humor - lighten up!" In Mississippi, Romney told the crowd that his bodyguard, a Mississippi native, was turning him into an "unofficial Southerner." "I'm learning to say 'y'all' and I like grits, and strange things are happening to me!" the former Massachusetts governor added. Critics were quick to...
  • McCain: Hispanic vote 'up for grabs'

    12/04/2011 6:29:33 PM PST · by presidio9 · 42 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 4, 2011 | Anne Flaherty
    Sen. John McCain said Sunday that the potentially powerful Hispanic vote in the upcoming presidential election remains "up for grabs" because neither President Barack Obama nor Republicans have convinced these voters that they are on their side. The one-time GOP presidential hopeful, whose own 2008 candidacy was shaped in part by immigration, said that large Hispanic populations in his home state of Arizona and elsewhere are listening carefully to what Republican candidates have to say on immigration and could become a "major factor" in 2012. "I think that the Republican Party has to discuss this issue in as humane way...
  • Fed up! McCain predicts rise of third political party

    11/08/2011 4:51:01 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2011-11-08 | Steve Holland & David Alexander
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator John McCain predicted on Tuesday a third political party will emerge in response to Americans' economic frustrations and said it might as well be called "the Fed-Up Party." The Republican Party's presidential nominee in 2008 raised the possibility of a third party about a year ago, but his comments on Tuesday suggest he has hardened his views as polls show Americans increasingly disillusioned with Washington politics. The 75-year-old McCain may now be the most prominent politician forecasting Americans will look to another party to compete with Democrats and Republicans. "Unless both parties change, then I think...
  • GOP Empire's Plan to Crush Tea Party Rebels

    10/13/2011 9:26:50 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 207 replies
    atlantic wire ^ | 10-12-11 | Elspeth Reeve
    Step 1: The first rule of the establishment is: Do not admit you are part of the establishment! Step 2: Disarm them with praise Step 3: Moderate whoever they pick as the 2012 nominee. Step 4: Teach them about compromise. Step 5: Never forget reality
  • McCain: Libya inspires people in China, Russia, Iran, Syria (Rubio is flanked by multiple RINOs)

    09/30/2011 4:17:00 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2011-09-30 | William Maclean
    TRIPOLI (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain said on Thursday the fall of Muammar Gaddafi was inspiring people all over world, including citizens of Syria, Iran, China and Russia, but he twinned his praise with caution about Libya's many revolutionary armed groups, saying they had to be brought under control. Leading the first visit to Tripoli by members of the U.S. Congress since Gaddafi's fall last month, McCain added at a media conference that U.S. investors were eager to do business in the oil-exporting country but this would be difficult as long as fighting continued. Many residents of the capital...
  • The Battle For Middle Earth

    09/12/2011 4:17:08 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 34 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 9/12/11 | jim funkhouser
    Evidently John McCain couldn’t stay awake for the entire movie. If he had he would have discovered that the real heros in the battle for Middle Earth were not the kings, or queens, or any other establishment type. The real heros were the lowly hobbits of the shire, led by Frodo, a reluctant but lion-hearted and trustworthy warrior-poet who was capable of denying himself the corrupting influence of the ring of power. John McCain, you are no Frodo.
  • (Vanity) McCain on The Tea Party: More Right Than He Knew

    08/23/2011 8:05:43 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 37 replies
    The ringless paws of the typing tabby ^ | 8-23-2011 | grey_whiskers
    Several weeks ago, during the fight over the debt ceiling (remember THAT?), John McCain (Mummy-AZ) gave a speech from the floor of the Senate, during which he ripped into conservatives, calling them "Tea Party Hobbits" and claimed that their refusal to back the GOP plan for the budget would help re-elect Barack Abyss Obama (Joker--Chicago). Conservatives rightly took offense at this remark, seeing that it was intended to be both insulting and dismissive: by comparing the Tea Partiers to hobbits, he was essentially calling them inconsequential, and hoping to imply that they were overestimating themselves. But, like many elitists, especially...
  • McCain Explains ‘Hobbit’ Dig (McCain unrepentant for attacks on conservatives)

    08/21/2011 12:22:31 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 46 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 2011-08-21 | Melanie Starkey
    Sen. John McCain was put on the defensive Sunday for comparing some of his GOP colleagues to hobbits during the debt ceiling debate. The Arizona Republican had taken to the Senate floor in July to admonish conservatives for “unrealistic” expectations and quoted a Wall Street Journal editorial that compared them to the characters from J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings.” “What I was talking about, quoting from a Wall Street Journal editorial, was that there was a segment of the Republicans in the Senate — Republican Senators — that said we cannot raise the debt limit until we pass...
  • FREEP McCAIN: McCain Town Halls - Mon. Aug. 22 (Prescott, Ariz.), Tue. Aug. 23 (Goodyear, Ariz.)

    08/20/2011 6:59:40 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 11 replies
    The Arizona Republic / The Daily Courier, Prescott, Ariz. | 2011-08-19
    Sen. John McCain to hold town hall Tuesday in Goodyear Tuesday, August 23, 2011 3 pm Goodyear Justice Center 185 North 145th Avenue, Goodyear, Ariz. McCain town hall here Monday Monday, August 22, 2011 Noon First Congregational Church 216 East Gurley Street, Prescott, Ariz.
  • McCain "Not Sorry" For Saying "Tea Party Hobbits" On Senate Floor

    08/09/2011 11:15:46 AM PDT · by markomalley · 55 replies
    A member of The Greater Phoenix Tea Party politely Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to apologize for calling Tea Party members in the House and Senate "hobbits." McCain, who was quoting the Wall Street Journal, made his comments on the Senate floor. "I am sorry if it was misunderstood. I am not sorry for what I said," McCain said to a heated audience. "I mean, why should I when it’s the facts," Senator McCain added. (video at link)
  • McCain hosts town hall to talk economy, hobbits (McCain: "I am not sorry for" attacking Tea Party)

    08/09/2011 5:29:02 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 30 replies
    GILBERT - Arizona Sen. John McCain held a town hall in Gilbert this morning and the economy took center stage. The town hall was focused on the nations' economic troubles and McCain said the on-going financial problems would be much greater had Congress not passed a bill to keep the country from defaulting on its debt. McCain said he is very concerned with the recent S&P downgrade of the United States' credit rating and views it as a wake-up call to the nation. "It will cost more to borrow money and it is a very serious situation," McCain said. McCain...
  • Tea partiers take on McCain at Gilbert town hall meeting

    08/08/2011 7:57:25 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 28 replies
    East Valley Tribune, Tempe, Ariz. ^ | 2011-08-08 | Dan Zeiger
    Local tea party activists felt that Sen. John McCain had some explaining to do. As a result, McCain, R-Ariz., spent some of a town hall meeting at Gilbert Municipal Center on Monday defending his comments last week in the U.S. Senate, where he read from a Wall Street Journal editorial referring to "tea party hobbits." McCain said he quoted the editorial to make a point about some Republicans' insisting on a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution in exchange for agreeing to raise the nation's debt limit. "What apology is in order?" McCain responded when asked if he would apologize. "What...
  • McCain: Tea Party Members Had ‘Mandate’ to Oppose Tax and Spending Hikes

    08/07/2011 9:38:13 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 42 replies
    National Review ^ | 2011-08-07 | Katrina Trinko
    Sen. John McCain defended the Tea Party against Sen. John Kerry’s “tea party downgrade” remark on Meet the Press this morning. “We could have reached an agreement a lot earlier, but the members of the House of Representatives had a mandate last November, and it was jobs and the economy and it was spending. And for them to then agree to tax increases and spending increases was obviously a repudiation of the mandate they felt they had from last November,” McCain said. He said that much of the “dysfunction” in the current political system could be attributed to “the failure...
  • If we're the Hobbits, they're the Orcs

    08/02/2011 1:30:22 PM PDT · by thefoundersrock · 30 replies
    The Average American Blog ^ | August 02, 2011 | Average American Blogger
    The Wall Street Journal published a piece recently, which referred to the Tea Party as “Hobbits.” John McCain picked up on it, quoting it on the Senate floor, both virtually tut-tutting about these dear little souls, that just don’t understand how the “real world” works. Pat them on the head and send them to bed. At the risk of looking a little nerdy, let me say that I loved the story as a child, and have been known to engage in a 12 hour marathon of LOTR movies with my kids. It holds enduring appeal because it contains what so...
  • I Won in an Historic Landslide and All I Got Was This Lousy Rounding Error

    08/01/2011 7:48:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 29, 2011 | Joseph Ashby
    "I Won in a Historic Landslide and All I Got Was this Lousy Rounding Error." That's the t-shirt that Speaker Boehner should wear based on his debt ceiling plan. The scoring of the second iteration of the Boehner bill gave an estimate of $22 billion in cuts from the CBO baseline for 2012--1/70th of the annual budget shortfall, about five days worth of deficit spending. Despite the bill's nigh irrelevant scope, we are assured by many in the conservative press that those rejecting this deal are "obtuse," "vain," politically dunce "hobbits." "Of course the Boehner bill doesn't solve the debt...
  • Smart Girl Summit: Dana Loesch on Debt Limit and Tea Party Hobbits

    07/31/2011 12:37:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    you tube ^ | Jul 30, 2011
    PJTV catches up with CNN contributor and radio host Dana Loesch at the Smart Girl Summit in St. Louis, MO to get her reaction to the Tea Party 'hobbits' and their role in the debt ceiling negotiations
  • Mordor's John McCain vs Christine O'Donnell & Tea party Hobbits

    07/31/2011 6:30:55 AM PDT · by Moseley · 37 replies
    Delaware News Center ^ | July 31, 2011 | Jon Moseley
    John McCain & the Wall Street Journal attacked the tea party and Christine O'Donnell as HOBBITS, who think they are going to vanquish "Mordor" (the evil kingdom) and return to the Shire. McCain (quoting from the Wall Street Journal) went out of his way to target Christine O'Donnell and Sharron Angle as the examples of the tea party movement that veteran Senator John McCain was criticizing. apparently this national political uproar of insiders viewing tea party political activists as "the little people" who are like "Hobbits" was no accident. Christine O'Donnell's academic interest in Tolkien's use of imagery from...
  • McCotter calls for a truce between Republicans, Tea Party

    07/30/2011 5:50:53 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 100 replies
    The Hill, Washington DC ^ | 2011-07-30 | Peter Kasperowicz
    Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.), a Republican presidential candidate, called Saturday morning for Republicans and the Tea Party to stop fighting and work together to help save the country, presumably from Democratic policies, although he was not specific. "On the right, take note," McCotter said on the House floor. "It is as unwarranted and injurious for a Republican to call a Tea Partier a hobbit as it is for a Tea Partier to call a Republican a RINO."McCotter was referring to a comment earlier this month from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who compared Tea Partiers to hobbits. That sparked rebukes from...
  • What does John McCain Have Against Tea Party Hobbits?

    07/29/2011 3:03:52 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 27 replies · 1+ views
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 7-29-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
    The fiery, independent version of the Republican senator from Arizona took to the floor of the Senate Wednesday morning. Demanding “straight talk,” Mr. McCain accused conservatives of abandoning reason by opposing the House Republican leader’s plan to resolve the debt crisis. Mr. McCain mocked Tea Party-allied Republicans in the House for believing — wrongly, he said — that President Obama and Democrats will get the blame for a default if Republicans refuse to increase the nation’s debt ceiling. By that flawed logic, “Democrats would have no choice but to pass a balanced budget amendment and reform entitlements and the...
  • I Don't Remember Hobbits Defeating A Geographical Location (Mordor)...

    07/28/2011 8:33:51 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 26 replies
    7/28/2011 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    It has been quite a while since I read any of the four major books (among Tolkien's other books) that dealt with this saga. It has been quite a while since I have read any of Tolkien's books for that matter. But... I do remember Mordor being a geographical location in Middle Earth, not a being or person that Hobbits "defeated," as McCain put it. I knew this the moment that I heard McCain utter his strange attack on the Tea Party. Hobbits never defeated Mordor... I know that it doesn't matter much, geography of this and all, but if...
  • WSJ: Tea Party “hobbits” need to go back to Middle Earth, or something

    07/27/2011 6:13:44 PM PDT · by Immerito · 48 replies ^ | July 27, 2011 | Ed Morrissey
    BARAD-DUR, MORDOR (HA) — The Wall Street Journal offered this, er, interesting assessment of Tea Party opposition to the John Boehner plan: But what none of these critics have is an alternative strategy for achieving anything nearly as fiscally or politically beneficial as Mr. Boehner’s plan. The idea seems to be that if the House GOP refuses to raise the debt ceiling, a default crisis or gradual government shutdown will ensue, and the public will turn en masse against . . . Barack Obama. The Republican House that failed to raise the debt ceiling would somehow escape all blame. Then...
  • McCain refers to 'tea party hobbits,' blasts Bachmann-backed idea (McInsane)

    07/27/2011 5:37:59 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 79 replies
    CNN ^ | Shannon Travis
    On the same day that House Speaker John Boehner told Republicans to "Get your asses in line" and support his debt ceiling proposal, Sen. John McCain also blasted fellow Republicans. In a Senate floor speech laced with sarcasm and stings, the Arizona Republican aimed especially harsh fire at the tea party Wednesday.
  • Ecuadorean Villagers May Hold Secret to Longevity

    02/18/2011 9:29:36 PM PST · by neverdem · 34 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 16, 2011 | NICHOLAS WADE
    People living in remote villages in Ecuador have a mutation that some biologists say may throw light on human longevity and ways to increase it. The villagers are very small, generally less than three and a half feet tall, and have a rare condition known as Laron syndrome or Laron-type dwarfism. They are probably the descendants of conversos, Sephardic Jews from Spain and Portugal who were forced to convert to Christianity in the 1490s but were nonetheless persecuted in the Inquisition. They are also almost completely free of two age-related diseases, cancer and diabetes. A group of 99 villagers with...
  • Giant fossil bird found on 'hobbit' island of Flores

    12/07/2010 2:39:20 PM PST · by decimon · 29 replies
    BBC ^ | December 7, 2010 | Emma Brennand
    A giant marabou stork has been discovered on an island once home to human-like 'hobbits'.Fossils of the bird were discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores, a place previously famed for the discovery of Homo floresiensis, a small hominin species closely related to modern humans. The stork may have been capable of hunting and eating juvenile members of this hominin species, say researchers who made the discovery, though there is no direct evidence the birds did so. The finding, reported in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, also helps explain how prehistoric wildlife adapted to living on islands.

    10/15/2010 7:51:41 PM PDT · by Lucius Cornelius Sulla · 49 replies
    New Line/Warner Brothers ^ | October 15th, 2010 | Press Release
    OSCAR WINNER PETER JACKSON TO DIRECT “THE HOBBIT” IN TWO INSTALLMENTS Peter Jackson Set to Direct J.R.R Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” In a Two-Part 3D Production of Extraordinary Scope(Los Angeles, October 15, 2010) The two films based on “The Hobbit” are now greenlit and will begin principal photography in February 2011, under the direction of Peter Jackson, it was jointly announced today by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Operating Officer, New Line Cinema, Alan Horn, President and Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros. and Steve Cooper, co-Chief Executive Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.. “Exploring Tolkien’s Middle-earth goes way beyond a normal film-making experience”...
  • Hobbit debate goes out on some limbs

    04/23/2010 11:21:30 AM PDT · by decimon · 23 replies · 467+ views
    ScienceNews ^ | May 8, 2010 | Bruce Bower
    Two fossil hobbits have given what’s left of their arms and legs to science. That wasn’t enough, though, to quell debate over hobbits’ evolutionary status at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists on April 17. Since 2004, the discoverers of unusual “hobbit” fossils on the Indonesian island of Flores have attributed their find to a pint-sized species, Homo floresiensis, that lived there from 95,000 to 17,000 years ago. These researchers also suspect, on the basis of hobbit anatomy and recent stone tool discoveries on Flores, that H. floresiensis evolved from a currently unknown hominid species that...
  • Hobbit Ancestors Once Colonized Indonesia Island

    03/18/2010 6:05:41 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies · 641+ views
    ABC News (from Reuters) ^ | March 17, 2010 | Tan Ee Lyn, ed by Sugita Katyal
    Ancestors of a hobbit-like species of humans may have colonized the Indonesian island of Flores as far back as a million years ago, much earlier than thought, according to a new study published Thursday. These early ancestors, or hominins, were previously thought to have arrived on the island about 800,000 years ago but artifacts found in a new archaeological site suggest they might have been around even earlier... The arrival of hominins is also believed to have resulted quickly in the mass death of giant tortoises and the Stegondon sondaari, a pygmy elephant, on the island. In their paper, the...
  • How a hobbit is rewriting the history of the human race

    02/23/2010 5:47:15 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies · 489+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | Sunday, February 21, 2010 | Robin McKie
    The bones of a race of tiny primitive people, who used stone tools to hunt pony-sized elephants and battle huge Komodo dragons, were discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2004... These remains came from a species that turned out to be only three feet tall and had the brain the size of an orange. Yet it used quite sophisticated stone tools. And that was a real puzzle. How on earth could such individuals have made complex implements and survived for aeons on this remote part of the Malay archipelago? Some simply dismissed the bones as the remains of...
  • Human Evolution; Is the Hobbit's brain unfeasibly small?

    01/28/2010 1:12:23 PM PST · by EnderWiggins · 24 replies · 1,074+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | 1/28/2010 | EnderWiggins
    Homo floresiensis, a pygmy-sized small-brained hominin popularly known as 'the Hobbit' was discovered five years ago, but controversy continues over whether the small brain is actually due to a pathological condition. How can its tiny brain size be explained? The commonly held assumption that as primates evolved, their brains always tended to get bigger has been challenged by a team of scientists at Cambridge and Durham. Their work helps solve the mystery of whether Homo floresiensis -- dubbed the Hobbit due to its diminutive stature -- was a separate human species or a diseased individual. The team combined previously published...
  • 'Hobbits' are a new human species -- according to the statistical analysis of fossils

    11/19/2009 5:39:35 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 30 replies · 1,198+ views
    physical science news ^ | 19-Nov-2009 | Dawn Peters
    Homo floresiensis not diseased sub-population of healthy humans Researchers from Stony Brook University Medical Center in New York have confirmed that Homo floresiensis is a genuine ancient human species and not a descendant of healthy humans dwarfed by disease. Using statistical analysis on skeletal remains of a well-preserved female specimen, researchers determined the "hobbit" to be a distinct species and not a genetically flawed version of modern humans. Details of the study appear in the December issue of Significance, the magazine of the Royal Statistical Society, published by Wiley-Blackwell. In 2003 Australian and Indonesian scientists discovered small-bodied, small-brained, hominin (human-like)...
  • Humans, Flores 'hobbits' existed together: study

    08/03/2009 6:38:16 PM PDT · by BGHater · 11 replies · 743+ views
    ABC News ^ | 02 Aug 2009 | David Mark
    They were just one metre tall with very long arms, no chins, wrist bones like gorillas and extremely long feet. In 2003, archaeologists excavating in a cave on the Indonesian island of Flores made a discovery that forced scientists to completely rethink conventional theories of human evolution. They reported the discovery of a new species of human, one that lived as recently as 12,000 years ago, at the same time as modern humans. But others disagreed, arguing the one-metre-high skeleton was a modern human that suffered from a deformity known as microcephaly. The debate has raged ever since. But Debbie...
  • Did Humans Learn From Hobbits?

    04/20/2009 10:39:56 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies · 651+ views
    ScienceNOW ^ | April 17, 2009 | Elizabeth Culotta
    Thousands of small, sharp-edged flakes of volcanic tuff and chert have been unearthed from the cave of the "hobbit," the roughly 1-meter-tall ancient human found on the island of Flores in Indonesia. The stone tools have puzzled researchers: How could a hominid with a brain the size of a grapefruit craft tools? Now a detailed analysis sheds light on the hobbit's technological capabilities and raises a new mystery: Why did the modern humans who arrived later on Flores make tools the same way hobbits did? Archaeologist Mark Moore of the University of New England in Armidale, Australia, and his colleagues...
  • Bone Parts Don't Add Up To Conclusion Of Hobbit-like Palauan Dwarfs

    08/30/2008 1:46:13 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies · 174+ views
    Science News ^ | August 27, 2008 | University of Oregon press release
    Scientists from the University of Oregon, North Carolina State University and the Australian National University have refuted the conclusion of Lee R. Berger and colleagues that Hobbit-like little people once lived there... They argue that Berger, an expert on much earlier humans dating to the Pleistocene, failed to review existing documentation, much of it published by Nelson or Fitzpatrick. Much of their rebuttal comes from remains unearthed by Fitzpatrick and Nelson at Chelechol ra Orrak, only miles from Berger's two sites. Among these whole remains are bone pieces that match -- some are even smaller that fragments found by Berger...
  • Here, there be dragons ["Hobbits" from Australopithecus garhi?]

    06/16/2008 2:20:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies · 74+ views
    Australian Life Scientist ^ | June 13, 2008 | Graeme O'Neill
    When fossils of a diminutive, recently extinct race of humans were discovered in a cave on Flores, one of the most easterly islands of the Indonesian archipelago, researchers can be forgiven for assuming they were down-sized by the peculiar selection pressures that act upon insular species. On Flores, natural selection has morphed several familiar species to unfamiliar sizes. There be dragons: three metre, 200kg monitor lizards, also known as the Komodo dragon, plus the fossilised remains of an extinct giant rodent, Spelaeomys, and extinct Stegodon pigmy elephants. The tiny skulls of the Flores fossils ignited a heated, sometimes ad hominin,...
  • Hobbit's relatives may have existed in northern Australia

    05/28/2008 9:43:22 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies · 144+ views
    Top News India ^ | Tuesday, May 27th, 2008 | Sahil Nagpal
    An archaeologist, who discovered the "Hobbit", an ancient human like species, on an Indonesian island in 2003, has determined that a relative of the species may have existed in northern Australia. The Hobbits, or Homo floresiensis, who were only about one metre tall and weighed just 30kg, existed on the remote Indonesian island of Flores until about 12,000 years ago. The specie was dubbed as "hobbits" because of its small size and big feet. Now, according to Professor Mike Morwood, who had made the finding in 2003, these ancient species could have had relatives living in northern Australia. "We are...
  • Archaeology: Bones, Isles And Videotape

    04/16/2008 8:06:27 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 1,177+ views
    Nature ^ | Rex Dalton
    Archaeology: Bones, isles and videotapeOld human remains found on the Pacific islands of Palau are caught in the crossfire between entertainment and science. Rex Dalton reports. The Palauan caves lie in the 'rock islands' of the archipelago.R. DALTONCircled by a protective coral reef, the 300-island archipelago of Palau is one of the Pacific Ocean's most biodiverse ecosystems. The first intrepid voyagers who arrived here, more than 3,000 years ago, would have found lush plants and waters teeming with fish and crustaceans. By 2,500 years ago the Palauans were even practising sophisticated agriculture, creating terraces on the archipelago's largest island on...
  • Ancient Bones Of Small Humans Discovered In Palau (Not 'Hobbits')

    03/11/2008 8:21:01 AM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 1,567+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 3-11-2008 | John Roach
    Ancient Bones of Small Humans Discovered in Palau John Roach for National Geographic MagazineMarch 10, 2008 Thousands of human bones belonging to numerous individuals have been discovered in the Pacific island nation of Palau. Some of the bones are ancient and indicate inhabitants of particularly small size, scientists announced today. The remains are between 900 and 2,900 years old and align with Homo sapiens, according to a paper on the discovery. However, the older bones are tiny and exhibit several traits considered primitive, or archaic, for the human lineage. "They weren't very typical, very small in fact," said Lee Berger,...
  • "Hobbits" May Have Been Genetic Mutants

    01/04/2008 1:55:18 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 3 replies · 131+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | January 3, 2008 | John Roach
    A rare disease characterized by small brain and body size but near normal intelligence is caused by mutations in a gene coding for the protein pericentrin, researchers have found. The scientists speculate that the condition may explain the tiny, hobbitlike people that occupied a remote, Indonesian island about 18,000 years ago—adding fuel to the debate over whether the unusual creatures were a new species or just diseased modern humans. Pericentrin helps separate chromosomes during cell division, which is needed for growth. "The whole body loses its capacity to grow, because cell division is so difficult for people with this defect,"...
  • Hobbits Mastered Use Of Stone Tools

    10/09/2007 10:26:13 AM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 916+ views
    The Australian ^ | 10-9-2007 | Leigh Dayton
    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...