Courtesy Peter Brown
A 'hobbit' Homo floriensis skull and a modern human skull.
New fossils from the Indonesian island of Flores bring the total number of hobbit-like humans known to at least nine individuals. The new fossils were found near the first H. floriensis skull found in 2003. The fossils include jaw, shoulder, limb, and digit bones, and are all similarly small sized, refuting the theory that the 2003 find was simply a single, pathologically dwarfed specimen, and bolstering the theory that a group of very human-like hominids, just over three feet-tall, were roaming the island as recently as 12,000 years ago. More from nature.com.
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