Skip to comments.New Fossils Strengthen Case for ‘Hobbit’ Species
Posted on 06/08/2016 2:34:47 PM PDT by Theoria
Scientists digging in the Liang Bua cave on the Indonesian island of Flores years ago found a tiny humanlike skull, then a pelvis, jaw and other bones, all between 60,000 and 100,000 years old.
The fossils, the scientists concluded, belonged to individuals who stood just three feet tall an unknown species, related to modern humans, that they called Homo floresiensis or, more casually, the hobbits.
On Wednesday, researchers reported that they had discovered still older remains on the island, including teeth, a piece of a jaw and 149 stone tools dating back 700,000 years. The finding suggests that the ancestors of the hobbits arrived on Flores about a million years ago, the scientists said, and evolved into their own distinct branch of the hominin tree.
But without other parts of a skeleton, such as the skull, hands or feet, they cant be sure whether the newly discovered fossils also belong to Homo floresiensis or instead to some other ancient relative of humans (known generally as hominins).
We have to be careful, said Gert van den Bergh, a paleontologist at the University of Wollongong in Australia and a co-author of the new study. Until we find those elements, we cannot really say much more about it.
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ad hominem ping....
How do they know it’s not a child?
More Darwinian smoke being blown up the ass. Trying to create a new falsehood to the drones.
Uh, aren’t these also called pygmies?
Homini more will they find?
“How do they know its not a child?”
The growing ends of the bones are fused, perhaps?
Just a thought. :)
I already knew there was a Hobbit species. How do I know? If James Carville isn’t Gollum I’ll eat your hat.
>>More Darwinian smoke being blown up the ass. Trying to create a new falsehood to the drones.<<
You have refutation of the evidence? Produce it, please.
Gollum is a snake??
Robert Reich’s ancestor?
They’ve also been seen much more recently.
A Munchkin Welcome
They've been and dug up Bagshot Row.
I wonder if they found any gold rings among the remains....
The bones were found near the Second Breakfast cook fire.
They are called hominins because their diet consisted mainly of hominy?
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