- ... The BBC has a story about this on their site as well. Do a site search on Flores Island and Hobbit for details. -- Alan KelloggMessage 1 of 3 , Oct 27, 2004View Source
>http://www.nature.com/news/2004/041025/full/4311029a.htmlThe BBC has a story about this on their site as well. Do a site
>'Scientists have discovered a tiny species of ancient human that lived
>18,000 years ago on an isolated island east of the Java Sea -- a prehistoric
>hunter in a "lost world" of giant lizards and miniature elephants.
>'These "little people" stood about three feet tall and had heads the size of
>grapefruit. They co-existed with modern humans for thousands of years yet
>appear to be more closely akin to a long-extinct human ancestor. '
>There's a Narnia note in another story (WPost) on this, an explanation of
>the "island rule":
>"On the isolated, ecologically limited eastern islands, however, animals
>often evolved in conformity with the island rule: animals smaller than
>rabbits get larger; animals larger than rabbits get smaller. "
search on "Flores Island" and "Hobbit" for details.
- One of the reasons I m finding this so delightful is that the sense that Tolkien always gives of having written pre-history rather than myth was always oneMessage 2 of 3 , Oct 28, 2004View SourceOne of the reasons I'm finding this so delightful is that the sense that Tolkien always gives of having written "pre-history" rather than myth was always one of the facets of LotR that I loved best. Perhaps because I studied History in college, and always felt that a good deal had gone on that we didn't know about and would probably never know about. After all, if man has been around for pushing a million years, as the anthropologists tell us, why couldn't there be any number of great civilizations that have been buried beneath the waves, or are at this moment frozen under Antarctic glaciers?
I also like the reminder that "catastrophism", the understanding that great climactic catastrophes have happened in times past and had enormous effects on the human population, is not the whacko theory it used to be, along with continental drift.
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