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'Hobbit' Brain Reconstruction

From: Ed Gehrman <egehrman.nul>
Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2007 16:14:38 -0800
Fwd Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2007 08:04:31 -0500
Subject: 'Hobbit' Brain Reconstruction


Source: Breitbart.Com - Los Angeles, California


January 29, 2007

Researchers Say 'Hobbit' Skeleton Was Separate Human Species

Scientific evidence supports the theory that a 18,000-year old
"Hobbit" skeleton unearthed in Indonesia was a new species
closely related to Homo sapiens.

Some scientists had theorized that the skeletal remains found on
the Indonesian island of Flores n 2003 belonged to a pygmy or a
microcephalic - a human with an abormally small skull.

But researchers from Florida State University who examined a
three-dimensional computer reconstruction of the small but well-
formed brain of the hominid, "classified it with normal humans."
"We have answered the people who contend that he Hobbit is a
microcephalic," said world-renowned paleoneurologist Dean Falk,
who is also chairwoman of Florida State University's
anthropology department, which conducted the research with
Indonesia's Center for Archaeology along with other
international partners.

Her team's study of both normal and microcephalic human brains
is published in Monday's issue of Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences. The computer model reproduced the surface
of the brain, including its shape, grooves and vessels,
revealing what Falk described as a "highly evolved brain."

The skeleton came to be known as "the Hobbit" after the
diminuitive characters in J.R.R. Tolkien's classic Lord Of The
Rings trilogy.

The brain of the Hobbit - more accurately identified as "Homo
Floresiensis" - was compared to those of 10 normal humans and
nine people suffering microcephaly, a virus which stunts the
development of the brain.

The complete skeleton and skull unearthed in a cave on Flores
measures 1.06 meters (3.6 feet), igniting a raging controversy
among anthropologists, who until then had believed the
extinction of the surviving human species.

Archaeologists had found sophisticated tools and evidence of a
fire near the remains of the three-foot-tall adult female with a
brain roughly one-third the size of a contemporary human.

"People refused to believe that someone with that small a brain
could make the tools. How could it be a sophisticated new
species?" Falk said.

"It's the 64 thousand dollar question: Where did it ome from?"
she said. "Who did it descend from, who are its relatives, and
what does it say about human evolution?" said Falk. "That's the
real excitement about this discovery."

Copyright AFP 2005


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