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Hobbits in Palau? More bones of little people found

March 16th, 2008
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Location of Palau A fascinating discovery has been made that may shed light on the Homo florensis mystery. Thousands of bones (dated 900 to 2,900 years old) have been found in caves in the Pacific island of Palau, the older of which are of humans 3 to 4 foot in height. Although the estimated brain [Read more…]

The Flores Hobbit: Cretins?

March 15th, 2008
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I don’t think so. You might have heard the lastest on the Flores hobbit story; that some Australian researchers are claiming they were actually modern humans suffering from cretinism (myxoedematous endemic cretinism, to be precise). The researchers include iodine deficiency as a cause of the cretinism. Iodine deficiency is usually caused by a lack of [Read more…]

Flores Hobbit – Update

September 15th, 2007
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Looks like my second guess might have been right (or closer to the truth). Assuming this wrist bone study was done right, it sure tilts the likelihood strongly in the direction of the Hobbit being a non-human species (but still a primitive, upright hominid). It may not be exactly Homo erectus, but something along those [Read more…]