Experts Debate Whether 'Hobbits' Were Human

The skull of Homo floresiensis

hide captionThe skull of Homo floresiensis, a newly discovered, "hobbit-size" species of human, next to a modern human skull (right). Fully adult, H. floresiensis was barely three-feet-tall and had a skull the size of a grapefruit.

Nature

News broke last October that archeologist had discovered a hobbit-like creature on an Indonesian island. Now neurologists have examined the creature's brain and believe it to be a lost relative of modern humans, just a bit smaller. But the debate is far from over.

About the Flores Find

Since it was first reported last October, the Flores fossil has generated much interest — and controversy — within the scientific community. Read on:

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

Support comes from: