Homo Floresiensis: Facts About the ‘Hobbit’

Homo Floresiensis: Facts About the ‘Hobbit’.Homo floresiensis, dubbed “the Hobbit,” was an ancient hominin that lived until at least 17,000 years ago.  

Scientists discovered the first H. floresiensis fossil, along with stone tools and animal remains, in 2003 in the Liang Bua (LB) cave on the remote Indonesian island of Flores, according to a 2004 Nature paper. This first specimen — a 3.5-foot-tall (1.06 meter), 30-year-old adult female called LB1 — comprised a nearly complete skull and an associated skeleton, which includes several limb bones, hand and foot bones and a partial pelvis, according to the journal Nature.

“Its associated skeleton is one of the things that makes this specimen quite exciting,” Mark Collard, a biological anthropologist at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, told Live Science “We don’t have very many associated skeletons of hominins outside of Neanderthals.



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