Hobbits Are a New Human Species, Study of Fossils Concludes

December 5, 2009 at 2:48 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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“Attempts to dismiss the hobbits as pathological people have failed repeatedly because the medical diagnoses of dwarfing syndromes and microcephaly bear no resemblance to the unique anatomy of Homo floresiensis,”
clipped from news.discovery.com
Is the hobbit human debate over? I doubt it, but the below, from Wiley-Blackwell, puts a strong notch on the side of those who believe “Homo floresiensis” represents a new human species.

2003 Australian and Indonesian scientists discovered small-bodied,
small-brained, hominin (human-like) fossils on the remote island of
Flores in the Indonesian archipelago.
Researchers from Stony Brook University Medical Center in New York have 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 determined the
“hobbit” to be a distinct species and not a genetically flawed version
of modern humans. Details of the study appear in the December issue of Significance, the magazine of the Royal Statistical Society, published by Wiley-Blackwell.
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