Homo floresiensis evolved from a much earlier human species than previously thought

Homo floresiensis evolved from a much earlier human species than previously thought

A tiny hobbit-like bipod dubbed Homo floresiensis evolved from a much earlier human species than previously thought, a new study by the Australian National University (ANU) suggested.

When a team of researchers discovered the remains of a ‘hobbit’s in Indonesia in 2003, they thought it was an evolutionary fork of the well-documented Homo erectus. But, the new study suggested that hobbits had evolved from a much earlier species of humans.

Sharing findings of the new study, lead study author Dr. Debbie Argue said, “The analyses show that on the family tree, Homo floresiensis was likely a sister species of Homo habilis. It means these two shared a common ancestor.”

Hobbits were extremely small as compared with what is considered normal these days, measuring just around 3½ feet in height. Thus, scientists are determined to pin point the specific origin of the ancient tiny species.

The new study concluded that there is no evidence to support the popular theory that hobbits evolved from the Homo erectus, the only other early hominid that lived in the region.

The findings of the new study appeared in the most recent edition of the Journal of Human Evolution.


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