Wednesday, October 27, 2004

 

Remains of New Species of Hobbit-Sized Human Found.

Reuters story here. Money graphs:
LONDON (Reuters) - 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 meter (3 feet) tall, had a chimpanzee-sized brain and was substantially different from modern humans.

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The new species became isolated on Flores and evolved into its dwarf form to conform with conditions, such as food shortages. Flores, which was probably never connected to the mainland, was home to a variety of exotic creatures including a dwarf form of the primitive elephant Stegodon.

Modern humans had reached Australia about 45,000 years ago but they may not have passed through Flores. The scientists suspect the new species became extinct after a massive volcanic eruption on the island about 12,000 years ago.
While this is all very interesting, I question why the Australian scientists felt compelled to conduct this as archaeological research.

After all, isn't it obvious that, contrary to their findings, these hobbit humans are not extinct, but are in fact alive and well?

Need proof?



Apparently, these hobbit-sized humans aren't simply small-- they are also damn lucky to be around. Sort of like leprechauns, and their magically-delicious charms.

Man, I bet with that kind of luck those Indonesians managed to win the Pennant *every* year.

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