The height of Homo floresiensis (3ft 6in) compared with modern humans, Homo sapiens (6ft). It has been confirmed that Homo floresiensis is a genuine ancient human species and not a descendant of healthy humans dwarfed by disease. Using statistical analysis on skeletal remains of a well-preserved female specimen, researchers in several different labs have determined that the "hobbit" is definitely a distinct species of human and not a genetically flawed version. of modern humans.
Our human ancestors and their relatives – in pictures
Our human ancestors and their relatives – in pictures | A potential new species of human, dubbed the Red Deer Cave people, has been discovered in China, adding another branch to the evolutionary tree of hominids
Homo floresiensis: scientists clash over claims 'hobbit man' was modern human with Down's syndrome
Homo floresiensis: scientists clash over claims 'hobbit man' was modern human with Down's syndrome: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/aug/16/flores-hobbit-human-downs-syndrome-claim-homo-floresiensis