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Re: [Maury_and_Baty] Science finds Hobbits!?

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    There is a man who operates the cash register at Ryan s restaurant who is about the right size to fit this description. However, I do not know which Island he
    Message 1 of 3 , Oct 27, 2004
      There is a man who operates the cash register at Ryan's restaurant who is about the right size to fit this description.
      However, I do not know which Island he migrated from, nor the size of his brain.
      Also, there was a man who was a DJ at a Central City, KY radio station who fits the size requirement to be a descendant of this sub-species..
      His origin or brain size is unknown.
      I believe he migrated from MN.
      From my "It do not cost you anything department." [LOL]


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      From: rlbaty50
      To: Maury_and_Baty@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wednesday, October 27, 2004 2:58 PM
      Subject: [Maury_and_Baty] Science finds Hobbits!?

      Remains of New Species of Hobbit-Sized Human Found

      By Patricia Reaney

      LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists in Australia have found a new species
      of hobbit-sized humans who lived about 18,000 years ago on an
      Indonesian island in a discovery that adds another piece to the
      complex puzzle of human evolution.

      The partial skeleton of Homo floresiensis, found in a cave on the
      island of Flores, is of an adult female that was a meter (3 feet)
      tall, had a chimpanzee-sized brain and was substantially different
      from modern humans.

      It shared the isolated island to the east of Java with miniature
      elephants and Komodo dragons. The creature walked upright, probably
      evolved into its dwarf size because of environmental conditions and
      coexisted with modern humans in the region for thousands of years.

      "It is an extraordinarily important find," Professor Chris Stringer,
      of the Natural History Museum in London, told a news conference on
      Wednesday. "It challenges the whole idea of what it is that makes us

      Peter Brown of the University of New England in Armidale, Australia,
      and his colleagues made the discovery of the skull and other bones,
      and miniature tools in September 2003 while looking for records of
      modern human migration to Asia. They reported the finding in the
      science journal Nature.

      "Finding these hominins on an isolated island in Asia, and with
      elements of modern human behavior in tool making and hunting, is
      truly remarkable and could not have been predicted by previous
      discoveries," Brown said in a statement.

      Local legends tell of hobbit-like creatures existing on islands long
      ago but there has been no evidence of them.


      The hominin family tree, which includes humans and pre-humans,
      diverged from the chimpanzee line about 7 million years ago. Early
      African hominins walked upright, were small and had tiny brains.

      The new species, dubbed "Flores man," is thought to be a descendent
      of Homo erectus, which had a large brain, was full-sized and spread
      out from Africa to Asia about 2 million years ago.

      The new species became isolated on Flores and evolved into its dwarf
      form to conform with conditions, such as food shortages. Flores,
      which was probably never connected to the mainland, was home to a
      variety of exotic creatures including a dwarf form of the primitive
      elephant Stegodon.

      Modern humans had reached Australia about 45,000 years ago but they
      may not have passed through Flores. The scientists suspect the new
      species became extinct after a massive volcanic eruption on the
      island about 12,000 years ago.

      Brown and his colleagues have found the remains of seven other dwarf
      individuals at the same site since the first find.

      "The other individuals all show similar characteristics, and over a
      time range that now extends from as long ago as 95,000 years to as
      recently as 13,000 years ago -- a population of hobbits that seemed
      to disappear at about the same time as the pygmy elephants that they
      hunted," said Bert Roberts, one of the authors of the Nature study.

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