New analyses reveal the mini human species to be even stranger than previously thought and hint that major tenets of human evolution need revision
A spectacular find in Indonesia reveals that a strikingly different hominid shared the earth with our kind in the not so distant past
The arguments over an ancient skeleton just won’t die
Leading Australian archaeologist Mike Morwood, co-discoverer of the extraordinary human “hobbits,” has died. He was 62. Morwood, who passed away on July 23 from cancer, made important contributions in research areas ranging from the rock art of Australia’s Kimberly region to the seafaring capabilities of Homo erectus.
Dental work claim challenges antiquity of hobbit skeleton
Labeled bags of bones The light flickers, and then goes out. The humming of the air conditioning stops. The sounds of Jakarta’s hustle-bustle and infamous traffic gridlock slowly seep into the room, softly lit by the glow of my laptop screen.
Scientific reconstruction of Homo floresiensis, aka the hobbit. Image: Susan Hayes Once upon a time a tiny human species with large feet shared the planet with our own kind.
The giant marabou stork found at Liang Bua is an extinct relative of the modern marabou stork from Africa shown here. Credit: Lip Kee/Flickr via Creative Commons license LAS VEGAS--A study of bird remains from the same cave that yielded bones of a mini human species called Homo floresiensis and nicknamed the hobbit has cast new light on the lost world of this enigmatic human relative.
Prospects of recovering ancient DNA from boosted by study on teeth.
Predecessors of the controversial "hobbit" ( Homo floresiensis ) discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores might have had a longer history there than researchers previously thought.
Is bigger always better? When it comes to brain size, that has long been the prevailing theory—at least among big-brained humans. But a new analysis shows that in the course of primate evolution, brains and brawn haven't always been on the rise.
New findings challenge the idea of a mini human species on Flores
New study stirs debate over mini human species
A discoverer of an extinct dwarf species of human reflects on one of the most startling paleoanthropological revelations in living memory
The remains of the tiny hominin Homo floresiensis still raise supersize questions 10 years after the publication in Nature of their discovery. This special Nature collection of more than two dozen articles and research papers examines the controversy surrounding the origins of this species
Kate Wong brings us up to date on the ongoing research into fossils of the tiny human, called the Hobbit, found on the island of Flores. And Ivan Oransky reports from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Plus, Nobel laureate Gerald Edelman illustrates problems with reductionism and refrigerators. And we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites mentioned on this episode include www.SciAm.com/daily, www.nybg.org/darwin/symposium.php, www.intel.com/education/ISEF