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‘Human Hobbit’ Fossil Discovery Prompts Debate

In 2004, the world of human paleontology was rocked by a little critter with the scienti c name of Homo oresiensis and the informal name of “the hobbit”. Found on the Indonesian island of Flores and dated at between 50,000 and 190,000 years old, such a new species of humans was completely unexpected—and Thercely debated. A human relative just three-and-a-half feet tall with a small brain, weak chin, and shoulder, arm and wrist bones more chimp-like than human? “Say it ain’t so, Joe!” shouted some scientists who had di culty accepting this strange being as a secondcousin- once-removed.

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