Scientists find likely ancestor of mystery ‘Hobbit’

Newly uncovered fossils on an Indonesian island dating back hundreds of thousands of years might just resolve the mystery of the diminutive human species nicknamed the “Hobbit”. Scientists on Wednesday described bone fragments and teeth retrieved from an ancient riverbed that appear to belong to the extinct Hobbit species. The fossils are about 700,000 years old, extending the Hobbit story far backward from the original remains, which date to just 50,000 years ago, according to two studies published on Wednesday in the journal Nature. Known to scientists as Homo floresiensis,…

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