June 28, 2010

I bet not

Filed under: Paleoanth — acagle @ 8:10 am

Flores ‘hobbits’ weren’t malformed humans

CASE closed – the “hobbits” that lived on the Indonesian island of Flores only 13,000 years ago were a unique species of hominin.

This was the first thought when the remains of a tiny, 18,000-year-old female were uncovered in 2003. Then in 2008 Peter Obendorf of RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, claimed the remains were of a modern human with cretinism, a disease caused by iodine deficiency.

“I have put that claim to rest,” says Colin Groves of the Australian National University in Canberra.

I doubt any skeletal metrics will really put anything to rest; DNA will end up being the true arbiter.

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