“Hobbit” Island Tools Predate Modern Humans, Study Says

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: May 31, 2006   View Article

Long before the dawn of modern humans, relatively sophisticated tools were being made on the Indonesian island of Flores, a new study says.

Scientists who believe the creatures to be a separate human species have dubbed them Homo floresiensis. Their Lord of the Rings nickname comes courtesy of their height—about 3.3 feet, or 1 meter.

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