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Jawbone of 700,000-year-old ‘hobbit’ unearthed in Indonesia

Fossilized remains of at least three small-bodied hominins, dating to around 700,000 years ago, were discovered on the island of Flores, Indonesia. Did the ‘hobbit human’ have even smaller ancestors? Fossilised jawbone of tiny 700,000-year-old species found on island of Flores

It is a discovery that has split the scientific community – the fossilised remains of a diminutive species of human that lived on a remote tropical island in South East Asia. But extraordinary new fossils found on the island of Flores in Indonesia may finally settle the debate about the origins of strange Hobbits that appear to have lived there 90,000 to 50,000 years ago.

The pint-sized species of humans appear to have had an ancestor who was just as small, if not smaller, and lived on the island at least 700,000 years ago.

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