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 | 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
In 2003, partial skeletons of nine individuals were discovered on the small Indonesian island of Flores. Scientists believe that they evolved from Homo erectus that came by boat and underwent island bound miniaturization, like other animal species, such as the pygmy elephant. Homo floresiensis (Hobbit) is thought to have survived on Flores at least until 12,000 years ago, making it the longest lasting non-modern human. It is believed that a volcanic eruption was responsible for their demise.
Bones of contention By Djuna Ivereigh Cosmos Magazine The controversy over the status of the 'hobbit' continues. Cosmos looks on as two teams of spirited scientists try to settle things once and for all.