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3:18 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Real Hobbits: Discovery of New Hominid Shows Diversity of Evolution

Skull of homo floresiensis
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Matt Tocheri knows hobbits pretty well: he’s been studying their wristbones for years.

Well, not quite hobbits, per se, but homo floresiensis, a hominid fossil discovered on the island of Flores in Indonesia, which at first glance appeared to be a small version of a modern human. However, researchers argue that these ‘hobbits’ are in fact h. floresiensis, and make up a new branch of the human evolutionary tree.

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