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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

The human family just got a bit bigger.

Say hello to Homo floresiensis:

New human on the block

[Photo: Peter Brown]

H. floresiensis is on the left; a modern human skull on the right.

The remains of a tiny and hitherto unknown species of human that lived as recently as 13,000 years ago have been discovered on an Indonesian island.

The discovery has been heralded as the most important palaeoanthropological find for 50 years, and has radically altered the accepted picture of human evolution.

The skull and bones of one adult female, and fragments from up to six other specimens, were found in the Liang Bua limestone caves on Flores Island, which lies at the eastern tip of Java.

The female skeleton, known as LB1 - or by the nickname "Ebu" - has been assigned to a new species within the genus Homo - Homo floresiensis. Examination of the remains shows members of the species stood just 1 metre tall and had a brain no bigger than a grapefruit.


Via New Scientist.

More: National Geographic has an excellent story on the discovery here, which includes a depiction of what H. floresiensis may have looked like.

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