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Thursday, November 04, 2004

Some perspective: Flores Man

I was slightly crazy yesterday, trying to absorb the election results. Feeling more in balance today. Here's a something to provide some historical perpsective. This from a e-mail I got a week ago:


It sounds too incredible to be true, but this is not a hoax. A species of tiny human has been discovered, which lived on the remote Indonesian island of Flores just 18,000 years ago.

Researchers have so far unearthed remains from eight individuals who were just one metre tall, with grapefruit-sized skulls. These astonishing little people, nicknamed 'hobbits', made tools, hunted tiny elephants and lived at the same time as modern humans who were colonizing the area. tells the story of a find that changes the world of palaeoanthropology, and challenges our perception of what it means to be human.

The link below should take you to Nature's special features on this remarkable discovery:

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When a new fossil is found it is often claimed that it will rewrite the anthropological textbooks. For once, the claim is fully justified.

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