New “hobbit” bones bolster separate species claim
13:51 11 October 2005
NewScientist.com news service
Newly discovered bones have strengthened claims that small human-like “hobbits” roamed Indonesia as recently as 12,000 years ago.
The bones come from Liang Bu, the site on the island of Flores where the first find was made. The skull of a small female hominin, labelled LB1, was found in 2003 and announced a year ago.
The new finds include the right arm bones of LB1, plus a jawbone and several limb bones from others of the same species. “We now have evidence for at least nine individuals,” says Michael Morwood of the University of New England in New South Wales, Australia, who is head of the excavation team.
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