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Expect it to hit the fan with this one!

PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 10:39 am
by Minimalist
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081217124418.htm

University of Minnesota anthropology professor Kieran McNulty (along with colleague Karen Baab of Stony Brook University in New York) has made an important contribution toward solving one of the greatest paleoanthropological mysteries in recent history -- that fossilized skeletons resembling a mythical "hobbit" creature represent an entirely new species in humanity's evolutionary chain.




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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 12:20 pm
by kbs2244
This is one of the best stories of it's kind.
So much huffing and puffing on both sides.
And then throw in the national politics.
Fun fun fun

PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 4:24 pm
by dannan14
Yeah, this is great news. Those who are saying HF is not a separate species really have nothing left to stand on. i can't wait for more HF bones to be found. It's really exciting to have the Lilliputians turn out to be non-fiction

PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 6:11 pm
by Sam Salmon
kbs2244 wrote:This is one of the best stories of it's kind.
So much huffing and puffing on both sides.
And then throw in the national politics.
Fun fun fun

More fun than......Monkeys!!! :lol: 8)

PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 10:24 am
by kbs2244
Weren’t they reported to be contemporary with the human natives?
Didn’t the humans have stories, legends, myths or whatever of “little people who live in the forest?”

And, now that I think about it, aren’t those kind of stories worldwide?

PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 2:44 pm
by dannan14
Correct on all counts. if my memory serves me right. That would be a real trip if HF or substantially similar bones were found thousands of miles from Flores.

But even without all that this could jumpstart alot of digs on other islands in the area. i'd be surprised if the little guys were confined to one island.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 4:19 pm
by Minimalist
Un poco mas.

http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/548226/?sc=rssn

In a an analysis of the size, shape and asymmetry of the cranium of Homo floresiensis, Karen Baab, Ph.D., a researcher in the Department of Anatomical Scienes at Stony Brook University, and colleagues conclude that the fossil, found in Indonesia in 2003 and known as the “Hobbit,” is not human. They used 3-D shape analysis to study the LB1 skull of the hobbit and found the shape of the skull to be consistent with a scaled down human ancestor but not modern humans. Their findings, reported in the current online edition of the Journal of Human Evolution, add to the evidence that the hobbit is a new species.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:44 am
by kbs2244
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Re: Expect it to hit the fan with this one!

PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:55 pm
by Rokcet Scientist
Why such excitement over a part of a pre-holocene midget skull when we have live ones, complete, and still attached to their owners, running around in all corners of the world?

Re: Expect it to hit the fan with this one!

PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 5:51 pm
by Leona Conner
Washington, DC comes to mind.