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2010-03-18 06:40:00

The scientists who discovered the remains of an ancient hobbit-like species of hominid have discovered that the species may have colonized the Indonesian island of Flores as much as a million years ago - far earlier than was first expected - according to a study published on Wednesday. Archaeologist Dr. Adam Brumm, who led the expedition that first discovered the skeletal remains of the diminutive Homo floresiensis on the isle of Flores in 2003, has published in the scientific journal...

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2010-03-08 09:55:00

For decades, the study of evolution has focused on the continent of Africa, the home of the majority of hominid fossils and the place where Homo erectus originated. However, the 2003 discovery of Homo floresiensis in Indonesia, and recent claims by researchers that it is indeed a new species of human, is challenging what scientists know about the origins of humanity. "This is a new species that cannot be explained by any known pathology," Dr. William L. Jungers told the Associated Press (AP)...

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2009-11-19 09:50:00

Homo floresiensis not diseased sub-population of healthy humans Researchers from Stony Brook University Medical Center in New York have confirmed that Homo floresiensis is a genuine ancient human species and not a descendant of healthy humans dwarfed by disease. Using statistical analysis on skeletal remains of a well-preserved female specimen, researchers determined the "hobbit" to be a distinct species and not a genetically flawed version of modern humans. Details of the study appear in the...

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2009-05-06 16:30:00

Two studies reported on Wednesday argue that the 18,000-year-old fossil remains of tiny humans found in 2003 in the remote Indonesian island of Flores are indeed a new species, and not pygmies whose brains had withered with disease. Anthropologists have bitterly debated the identity and origins of these cave-dwelling relatives since the discovery of Homo floresiensis "“ often referred to as "the hobbit" due to its small size. Measuring roughly 3 feet tall and weighing 65 pounds, the...

2009-04-30 11:37:57

A U.S. anthropologist says the ancestry of early hominids nicknamed hobbits remains a mystery despite years of research. William L. Jungers of Stony Brook University said researchers are debating the origin of the tiny people who once lived on the Indonesian island of Flores, The New York Times reported this week. The discovery of hobbit fossils six years ago resulted in numerous theories about the origin of the hobbits and little consensus. Jungers said the little people could be primitive...

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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...

2008-03-24 01:56:49

A 6 million-year-old early relative of modern humans apparently walked on two feet, pushing back the origins of so-called bipedalism, according to a new study of a fossil found in Kenya. "I would say at this point it's the earliest fossil hominin that we can clearly identify as bipedal," said paleoanthropologist William Jungers of Stony Brook University, who conducted a quantitative analysis with Brian Richmond of George Washington University of a fossilized femur bone from the...