'Hobbits' Were, Indeed, a Different Kind of Human
Wrist-bone analysis shows link to apes
By Asta Hostetter,  Newser User
Posted Sep 21, 2007 1:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – A new study of three wrist bones from an 18,000-year-old fossil shows that the so-called hobbits of Indonesia were, indeed, a separate human species. When the bones were discovered in 2003, scientists trumpeted the find as evidence of a smaller species, Homo floresiensis. But skeptics argued that the hobbit, at 3 feet tall with a brain the size of a grapefruit, was in fact a human afflicted by microcephaly, a brain-shrinking disorder.

Smithsonian researchers writing in the journal Science confirmed that the wrist bones were like those of an ape's, indicating a species far older than homo sapiens. They speculate that the hobbit may have left Africa before the emergence of homo sapiens' direct ancestor, homo erectus.
 

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