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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Yes, Flores is really quite a big island

Some evidence and remarks at John Hawks anthropology blog, which tend to support my argument that "island dwarfing" does not really explain the small size of the "hobbits" (Homo floresiensis) who used to live there. The media uncritically repeated the line that the tiny size of these hominids was due to "island dwarfing". This was despite the fact that the island where the early human bones were found (Flores) is over two hundred miles long. Don't journalists have atlases any more?

More on "island dwarfing" from John Hawks here.

Julian

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