“Hobbit” Humans Were Diseased, Not New Species, Study Says

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: May 18, 2006   View Article

The “hobbit” humans that lived on the Indonesian island of Flores some 18,000 years ago were actually a population of modern humans stricken with a genetic disease that causes small brains, a new study says.

The argument is being made by a group of scientists who have analyzed all the scientific evidence presented so far about the evolution of the proposed species Homo floresiensis.

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