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The controversies over the hobbits or Homo floresiensis just refuse to end. It seems that the hobbits might not be a Homo after all. I guess they found the index and ring fingers of the hobbits (Sorry, inside joke. Read this post if you want).

Homo floresiensis (LB1) skull. Photo from Science Museum.

Homo floresiensis, LB1, skull (left) and human skull (right). Photo from BBC.

Anyway, Peter Brown from the University of New England who first described Homo floresiensis said that he is considering of stripping the hobbits from the genus Homo. Brown and his colleague, Tomoko Maeda, said that the Homo floresiensis lineage possibly left Africa before the evolution of the genus Homo. Their paper had been accepted and will be published in an upcoming special Homo floresiensis edition of the Journal of Human Evolution.

I can’t wait for the paper to come out. In the meantime, you can read this article from The Australian.

Originally posted on The Prancing Papio.