Homo floresiensis

in General Discussion edited January 2014
Scientists Find Hobbit-Sized People

Oct. 27, 2004 ?_Once upon a time, on an isolated island of Indonesia, there lived a colony of little people ? very little people.

Not only did anthropologists find the skeletal remains of a hobbit-sized, 30-year-old adult female, in this fairy-tale-like discovery they also uncovered in the same limestone cave the remains of a Komodo dragon, stone tools and a dwarf elephant.

Subsequent finds of other similarly sized, 3-foot-tall humans with brains the size of grapefruits in a cave on the Indonesian island of Flores suggest these 18,000-year-old specimens weren't a quirk of an ancient hominin, but part of an entire species of miniature people whose existence overlapped with that of modern Homo sapiens. ...



  • Reply 1 of 6
    placeboplacebo Posts: 5,767member
    Oh, weird....

  • Reply 2 of 6
    Isn't it fabulous?

    And apparently there are stories about them among the local people so the archeologists think they may have been around much more recently. They're going back next year to look for more.
  • Reply 3 of 6
    I love the classic "they were araound until white men came."

    Well yeah, we've fucked a lot of things up, but hey, advanced machinery is cool too.
  • Reply 4 of 6
    thttht Posts: 5,133member
    Heh, one person is even speculating that the species is still around living in the uncharted forests of the islands around there. Pretty crazy! Cool though.
  • Reply 5 of 6
    eugeneeugene Posts: 8,254member
    If they find thin striations in the mud near its feet...

    What's next, wood elves?
  • Reply 6 of 6
    amorphamorph Posts: 7,112member
    So Tolkien was right. There really are hobbits.

    If they find pipes, tobacco and whole stashes of mathoms...
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