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Chasing the trail of the 'Hobbit'

By Aaron Robson     Feb 18, 2007 in World
The unearthing of a 3-foot-tall, 18,000-year-old female hominid skeleton on a remote Indonesian island has sparked controversy since its 2003 discovery, but now there's new fuel for the prehistoric fire.
The discoverers of the fossil proposed that it belonged to a new species, dubbed Homo floresiensis. Lord of the Rings enthusiasts were captivated by the possibility of a real-life "Hobbit." But skeptics argued that the skeleton was simply a Homo sapiens with a neurological disorder called microcephaly.
Recently, Florida State University anthropology professor Dean Falk led a team of researchers through a computer-based analysis of the Hobbit brain, comparing it to those of modern humans with microcephaly. She published the results in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Her verdict? The Hobbit is a new species indeed.
A lot of this is hope, but yet again, all of this is hype. You can't actually believe that this is some kind of new humanoid species related to humans. Unless that this was the in between stage between monkey's and humans, but still, it seems just a bit silly.
If you think about it, the professor might just have her hopes up a little to much. She sounds like she is trying to take facts and myths and merge the two together to create false hope. Trust me, something as strong as facts and as weak as myth is not two things that work well together.
So whether she is actually telling some sort of truth that there was another species of humans 18,00 years ago, probably not, it's probably someone who is vertically challenged, but there is always the possibility...
But for the mean time, sorry Frodo, I don't really believe in you.
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