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The migrating hobbits of Flores
February 25, 2010, 1:45 pm
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Great article from the Independent about a new study on the homo floresiensis, the dwarfish little apeman found in Indonesia in 2004 – also known as the hobbit. Study suggests that homo floresiensis actually lead the human migration out of Africa, not homo erectus, as was originally believed. The study, if it proves true, will completely rewrite the history of human migration.

The possibility that a very primitive member of the genus Homo left Africa, roughly two million years ago, and that a descendant population persisted until only several thousand years ago, is one of the more provocative hypotheses to have emerged in anthropology during the past few years,” David Strait of the University of Albany told Scientific American recently. This view is backed by Professor Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum, London. “We are still grappling with what this discovery has done for our thinking and our conventional scenarios.”

The whole article is well worth the read.

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