The Hobbits of Flores: An Update

Lian Bua -- the cave on Flores Island where the Hobbit fossils were unearthed

In January, we reviewed Mike Morwood and Penny van Oosterzee’s A New Human, subtitled “The Startling Discovery and Strange Story of the ‘Hobbits’ of Flores Indonesia.” (The controversy engendered by this amazing new discovery was further updated in Hobbit Update and Hobbit as a Separate Species: Update.)

Now, additional evidence accumulates. The “Hobbit” (Homo floresiensis) is indeed a new human species, according to a statistical analysis of “Flo”, an especially complete fossil skeleton of the diminutive hominids, reported in Science Daily and via EurekAlert!. The conclusion? According to Dr. Karen Baab, one of the authors of the study, “attempts to dismiss the hobbits as pathological people have failed repeatedly because the medical diagnoses of dwarfing syndromes and microcephaly bear no resemblance to the unique anatomy of Homo floresiensis.”

Published in: on November 19, 2009 at 5:50 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. […] Since our review of A New Human last January, we’ve been following the remarkable unfolding story of the diminutive people who once populated the Indonesian island of Flores, known popularly as Hobbits. (For excerpts from the book, see here and here; for some of our updates, check here, here and here.) […]

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