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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Homo Floresiensis: tiny toolmaker or microcephalic? (The debate continues)

    06/01/2006 7:43:39 AM PDT · by S0122017 · 6 replies · 541+ views
    nature news ^ | 31 may | dude #4352
    Old tools shed light on hobbit origins Tiny toolmaker or microcephalic? The 'hobbit' debate continues. Michael Hopkin They may have been tiny, but the hobbits of the Indonesian island of Flores are still the focus of the biggest controversy in anthropology. The latest twist in the tale suggests that these one-metre-tall hominids, with a brain the size of a grapefruit, were the final members of a tool-making tradition stretching back more than 800,000 years. But amid fresh doubts over the species' evolutionary history, the idea that the curious creatures were deformed modern humans refuses to go away. Tools from Liang...
  • Newly Found (Human) Species Goes Missing Again (Floresiensis)

    02/09/2005 11:31:13 AM PST · by blam · 17 replies · 1,098+ views
    The Age ^ | 2-10-2005 | Stephen Cauchi
    Newly found species goes missing again By Stephen Cauchi Science reporter February 10, 2005 The disputed Homo Floresiensis. Photo: Robert Pearce The remains of an extinct metre-high human species have become virtually as hidden as they were before their discovery last year rocked the world of palaeontology. One of Indonesia's leading palaeontologists is refusing to hand back the remains to the team that found them on the Indonesian island of Flores. As reported last year, Professor Teuku Jacob, of Gadjah Mada University, grabbed the remains of the seven creatures - dubbed "hobbits" - and locked them in his safe, refusing...
  • New species may have relatives in next villlage

    01/12/2005 5:52:22 PM PST · by aculeus · 22 replies · 1,068+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | January 13, 2005 | John Vidal
    A growing number of scientists are challenging the sensational discovery last year of a new species of one-metre-tall intelligent humans whose 13,000-year-old bones were said to have been found in an Indonesian cave. According to some leading anthropologists in Australia, Indonesia and elsewhere, Homo floresiensis is not "one of the most important discoveries of the last 150 years" as was widely reported last October, but a pygmy version of modern Homo sapiens with a not uncommon brain disease. Now a leading critic of the Homo floresiensis theory is to send researchers to a village near the cave where the bones...
  • Hobbits? We've got a cave full

    12/08/2004 3:25:23 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 22 replies · 1,149+ views
    Stuff ^ | 06 December 2004 | DEBORAH SMITH
    Chief Epiradus Dhoi Lewa has a strange tale to tell. Sitting in his bamboo and wooden home at the foot of an active volcano on the remote Indonesian island of Flores, he recalls how people from his village were able to capture a tiny woman with long, pendulous breasts three weeks ago. "They said she was very little and very pretty," he says, holding his hand at waist height. "Some people saw her very close up." The villagers of Boawae believe the strange woman came down from a cave on the steaming mountain where short, hairy people they call Ebu...
  • Eroding evolution's believability

    11/05/2004 10:40:24 PM PST · by The Loan Arranger · 29 replies · 1,011+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | November 6, 2004 | Kelly Hollowell, J.D., Ph.D.
    Once again, evolutionists strike when the iron is hot in an attempt to affirm the same bogus evolutionary dogma they have crammed down our throats for 150 years. Once again, they've got it wrong. The recent discovery of a dwarf skeleton on the remote Indonesian island of Flores has scientists anxious to create another sub-class of humans. This one is called Homo floresiensis, which implies that they belong to a different species of people than those living today, we Homo sapiens.
  • Hobbit remains found in Australia

    10/27/2004 10:51:55 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 158 replies · 4,600+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed, Oct 27, 2004 | Patricia Reaney
    Scientists in Australia have found a new species of hobbit-sized humans who lived about 18,000 years ago on an Indonesian island in a discovery that adds another piece to the complex puzzle of human evolution. The partial skeleton of Homo floresiensis, found in a cave on the island of Flores, is of an adult female that was a metre (3 feet) tall, had a chimpanzee-sized brain and was substantially different from modern humans. It shared the isolated island to the east of Java with miniature elephants and Komodo dragons. The creature walked upright, probably evolved into its dwarf size because...
  • Tiny new species of human unearthed - most important palaeoanthropological find for 50 years

    10/27/2004 11:28:18 AM PDT · by Truth666 · 45 replies · 1,380+ views
    newscientist. ^ | 27 October 04
    The remains of a tiny and hitherto unknown species of human that lived as recently as 13,000 years ago have been discovered on an Indonesian island. The discovery has been heralded as the most important palaeoanthropological find for 50 years, and has radically altered the accepted picture of human evolution. The female skeleton, known as LB1 - or by the nickname "Ebu" - has been assigned to a new species within the genus Homo - Homo floresiensis. Examination of the remains shows members of the species stood just 1 metre tall and had a brain no bigger than a grapefruit....
  • Scientists Find Prehistoric Dwarf Skeleton

    10/27/2004 11:33:07 AM PDT · by Borges · 49 replies · 1,664+ views
    Science - AP By JOSEPH B. VERRENGIA, AP Science Writer In a breathtaking discovery, scientists working on a remote Indonesian island say they have uncovered the bones of a human dwarf species marooned for eons while modern man rapidly colonized the rest of the planet. AP Photo Missed Tech Tuesday? Is your PC possessed? Learn eight ways to repel the monsters: hackers intent on causing trouble One tiny specimen, an adult female measuring about 3 feet tall, is described as "the most extreme" figure to be included in the extended human family. Certainly, she is the shortest. This hobbit-sized creature...
  • Indonesia's Lost World: Shaking Up The Family Tree (More - New Human Species)

    10/29/2004 2:11:55 PM PDT · by blam · 37 replies · 4,994+ views
    Archaeology ^ | 10-28-2004 | Davisd Keys
    Indonesia's Lost World: Shaking Up the Family Tree October 28, 2004 by David Keys Homo floresiensis skull ( Peter Brown) New archaeological discoveries by Australian and Indonesian scientists on the Indonesian island of Flores are revealing that until at least 13,000 to 12,000 years ago, modern humans--our species, Homo sapiens--shared this planet with a totally different species of human being--a three-foot-high dwarf hominid with physical features usually seen as dating from 1.5 to 4 million years ago. The scientists, mainly from Australia's University of New England and University of Wollongong, have found the skeletal remains of up to seven individuals...