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2010-12-07 12:49:30

A giant marabou stork has been found on an island that was once home to human-like "hobbits." Fossils of the stork were discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores, which is a place that became famous for many discoveries like the Homo floresiensis, a hominin species related to modern humans. Researchers say that the stork may have been capable of hunting and eating juvenile members of this hominid species. The finding also helps explain how prehistoric wildlife adapted to living on...

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2009-02-02 07:55:00

A set of bones discovered in 2003 have sparked a five-year feud in the scientific world.The bones, discovered inside Liang Bua cave on the Indonesian island of Flores, were believed to be the skeleton of an extinct human species called Homo floresiensis, or "Hobbits."The first report on the discovery appeared in the Journal Nature in 2004.  In the report the authors wrote "here we report the discovery, from the Late Pleistocene of Flores, Indonesia, of an adult hominin," thus declaring a...

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2008-03-05 14:32:08

A recent study is bringing new perspective to the debate over whether miniature bone fossils found in the Liang Bua Cave belonged to a new human species or not. In the study, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, researchers hypothesized that the bones found on Flores, Indonesia belonged to myxoedematous endemic cretins who were born with a type of dwarfism. "Our research suggests that these fossils are not a new species but rather the remains of human hunter-gatherers...


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