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Submission + - Scientists: Flores island "Hobbit" is new

pilsner.urquell writes: "Scientist have concluded that the 18,000 year old scull from Flores island is indeed a new species. Dubbed Hobbit and in the center of a heated scientific controversy where some scientists claimed that the skulls small size was the result of a rare condition.

They concluded the 3-foot-tall (1-meter) adult woman had a highly evolved brain, unlike that of a microcephalic person, confirming she belongs to the proposed extinct species Homo floresiensis, closely related to modern Homo sapiens.
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