When Hobbits Were Real

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Its discoverers named it Homo floresiensis, but it’s often called “the hobbit” for its short stature and oddly proportioned feet. And it’s been at the center of a major controversy in the field ever since. Was it its own species? Or was it really just one of us? Or, could it even have descended from a whole lineage of hominins that we don’t even know about?

Thank you to these paleoartists for allowing us to use their wonderful illustrations:
Julio Lacerda: https://252mya.com/gallery/julio-lacerda
Ceri Thomas: http://alphynix.tumblr.com/
Franz Anthony: https://252mya.com/gallery/franz-anthony
Fabrizio De Rossi: https://252mya.com/gallery/Fabrizio-D...

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Published on 22 Oct 2019

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Science & Technology