More “Hobbit” Mysteries!
From The New Scientist:
The tale of Homo floresiensis – aka the hobbit – is beginning to read less like a Tolkien epic than an Agatha Christie whodunit.
Two studies add a new twist to the plot. One claims that the skeleton’s ape-like feet push back its ancestry near the dawn of Homo. Another argues that the hobbit is a later offshoot of Homo erectus, dwarfed by aeons of island isolation.
“Either answer is pretty damn exciting,” says William Jungers, a palaeoanthropologist at Stony Brook University in New York, who led the analysis of the foot. “It’s telling us something pretty amazing about human evolution.”
For more on this story click here.