A big discovery about little people

Humans may have once walked the Earth with tiny people—a possible newly discovered species that scientists have nicknamed "hobbits."

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM May 30, 2007

Long ago, many species of humanlike creatures shared space on Earth. These different types of humans walked upright and had intelligent minds. At some point, however, all but one of those species went extinct. We, members of the species Homo sapiens (H. sapiens), were the sole survivors.

 

For years, scientists thought they knew when H. sapiens became the only kind of human species in existence. The scientists thought that the big change happened about 24,000 years ago, with the extinction of t...

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