Alice Roberts with the ‘hobbit’.
New research on Indonesian fossils reveals clues to an ancient expansion out of Africa.
Image (left) of the Mata Menge lower jaw fragment (SOA-MM4) superimposed on the Homo floresiensis skull (LB1) from Liang Bua, and compared with a modern human skull from the Jomon Period of Japan.
Fossil finds on another dig on an Indonesian Island show the Hobbits may have been around for much longer than first thought.
A 700,000 year-old stone tool excavated by an Indonesian field worker at Mata Menge, Flores.
New fossil finds show the first large-bodied inhabitants of an isolated Indonesian island evolved to Hobbit-size, but they always remembered how to make and use stone tools.
Excavations in Liang Bua, a limestone cave on the Indonesian island of Flores.
Smithsonian Digitization Program Office Liang Bua Team
New excavations at an Indonesian cave have pushed back the time the 'hobbits' disappeared to about 50,000 years ago.
The skull of Liang Bua 1.
Courtesy Prof Michael Morwood
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