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Hobbits not linked to humans

Posted on: Wed 3 May 2017

New research has discovered that the tiny people nicknamed the ‘hobbit’ people of Indonesia are not ancestors or even close relatives of the modern human.

The latest Australian study has found that Homo Floresiensis is more likely a sister species of Homo Habilis.

Professor Mike Lee said, “We don’t need to assume that the hobbit is a shrunken human anymore. All the primitive species from Africa are very small and, if our research is true, the hobbit has always been very small.”

But there are so many questions that still need answering, like how did they get to Indonesia?

To help us make sense of the new research, one of the co-authors of the Australian study, Professor Mike Lee from Flinders University and the South Australian Museum joined Jennie Lenman to explain. 

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