Thursday, May 07, 2009

"Hobbits" a separate species, branched off from humans long ago

A good deal more study has been done on the remains of ancient man-like creatures found on an Indonesian island in 2003 -- informally called "hobbits" because they are so small, though they obviously used tools. Study of the foot, which is not as adapted for upright walking as human feet, suggest that it was not a homo sapiens or homo erectus that shrank over time as can happen with species confined to islands, but branched off from the neanderthal and homo sapiens/homo erectus lines. But they're human enough that they've been named Homo floresiensis.

Just thought it was interesting in case you hadn't seen the story.


Anonymous said...

Cool post as for me. I'd like to read a bit more about this theme. Thank you for posting this material.

Anonymous said...

Rather interesting blog you've got here. Thanks for it. I like such themes and anything that is connected to them. I would like to read more on that blog soon.

Hilary Kuree