Friday, March 7, 2008

Hobbits Get No Respect

A team from Australia has posited that the "Hobbit" remains found on Flores are actually modern humans who suffered from malnutrition, which led to their diminutive size. The caveat is that none of the members of the team have ever seen the remains, nor have any experience with fossilized hominids!

The "new" theory made headline news internationally, but it is not new at all; this theory has been forwarded since the remains were uncovered in a cave in Indonesia. Speculation surrounding the remains has been rife and the remains themselves have suffered modern human DNA contamination, due to their poor handling.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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