Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Hobbit, updated

New 3-D skull analysis supports the contention that Homo floresiensis, known as "the Hobbit", was a separate species of hominid distinct from modern humans. The Hobbit was a miniature human-like creature that lived only 18,000 years ago. We discussed the Hobbit here. Stony Brook University researchers performed extensive analysis of skull samples and concluded that the Hobbit skull is consistent with a separate species. The debate continues as to whether Homo floresiensis represents a distinct species or pathological human variants, but a consensus for a separate species is building.

(image credit: P. Brown, sciencedaily.com)