Hobbits: Our tiny cousins

Skeletal remains of ancient human relatives found in Indonesia are challenging some long-accepted “truths” about human evolution

By Karl Gruber, 14:00 PM April 25, 2012




This story starts with a tooth. One small, oddly shaped tooth — somewhat like those in your mouth. Scientists uncovered it in a cave on the island of Flores, in Indonesia. Looking old and a bit strange, this find launched an investigation to figure out where the tooth came from. Acting somewhat like private investigators, scientists puzzled over who or what left the tooth behind. This would prove to be a very, very ancient tale.


Mike Morwood, an archaeologist who had worked in Flores for a...

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