The Hobbit That Wasn't

A New Human Species Is Discovered, Doubted, and Debunked

Discoveries of early human remains tell us much about ourselves, the commentators on TV science shows say portentously. They do indeed, and the light is often not flattering. . . .

Once upon a time in 2003, an international archaeology team was excavating the Liang Bua limestone cave on the Indonesian island of Flores, between Sumatra and East Timor. At a six-meter depth, they unearthed the skeleton of a tiny ancient woman, about thirty years old. She was a meter in height, with the brain capacity of a small chimpanzee.

The discoverers, R. P. Soejono, Michael Morwood, and their colleagues, identified her as Homo erectus, an extinct primitive human. If...

 

is a Canadian journalist, author, and blogger. She blogs at Blazing Cat Fur, Evolution News & Views, MercatorNet, Salvo, and Uncommon Descent.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #7, Winter 2008 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo7/the-hobbit-that-wasnt

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