Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Hobbit Update

Here's more on the discovery of the hobbit bones in Indonesia. More bones from several individuals have now been found.

The original find now is fallen into some controversy, with some critics advocating a position that the bones belonged to a diseased humans. But given the fact that new bones have been located, ranging over a span of as much as 80,000 years, this theory appears less plausible now than when it was formulated.

Carl Zimmer provides more background to some of the scientific disputes swirling around this find and their repercussions on his blog, Corante. And an earlier post discusses the evolutionary viability of shrinking brain size here.

Previous post on the Hobbit controversy.

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