Researchers say "hobbit" fossils are those of an extinct species

07/17/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Researchers have concluded that the unusual fossils of a small humanoid creature that has come to be called the "hobbit" are not the result of a growth disorder, but instead belong to distinct and previously unknown species. They say that comparisons of the skull formation of Homo floresiensis with modern humans and other Homo species indicate that the species lived 17,000 years ago and had a brain less than one-third the size of a human brain.

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