Return to Flores: “Hobbit” Hominin Ancestor Discovered

A partial jaw, a bit of skull and half a dozen teeth: this handful of fossil finds from Indonesia might not seem like much, but at 700,000 years old they have delivered a definitive smackdown to Hobbit haters (and I’m not talking about Gollum).

The small assemblage of fossils, belonging to at least three individuals, proves once and for all that Homo floresiensis, popularly known as “the Hobbit,” was a distinct species. What’s more, these fossils, described today in Nature, refine the evo

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