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There have been great debates about the lineage of Homo floresiensis. A new unpublished study in the Journal of Human Evolution used imaging to re-examine the layers of the Liang Bua 1 (nicknamed LB1) skull. lead author Antoine Balzeau, a scientist at France’s Natural History Museum and Philippe Charlier, a physician and anthropologist at Paris-Descartes University, computed maps of bone thickness variation from LBI 1 and came to the definitive conclusion that they were not Homo sapiens based on their analysis. Using this modality, however, they could not exclude the possibility that the “hobbit” was a tinier Homo erectus, which arrived on Java some million years ago, nor could they be sure that it was not a species it its own right. Confusing…

The first skeleton found was a two-footed (bipedal) ape, reconstructed to have stood just over a metre tall, and weighing close to 30 kilograms. The remains date from about 38,000 to 18,000 years old. copyright Australian Museum

The first skeleton found was a two-footed (bipedal) hominid, reconstructed to have stood just over a metre tall, and weighing close to 30 kilograms. The remains date from about 38,000 to 18,000 years old. copyright Australian Museum

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