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Re: 'Hobbit' Brain Reconstruction - Sawyer

From: Steve Sawyer <stevesaw.nul>
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2007 08:38:10 -0800
Fwd Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2007 13:42:19 -0500
Subject: Re: 'Hobbit' Brain Reconstruction - Sawyer

>From: Ed Gehrman <egehrman.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2007 16:14:38 -0800
>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.


Why is the issue defined here as a comparison between normal
human brains and microcephalic ones? The real question is
whether the "Flores Hobbit" was of the same species as homo
sapiens. I just watched a documentary on people who have a form
of dwarfism called "primordial dwarfism", of which there are at
least 5 types, even though this form of dwarfism is extremely
rare. Overall there are over 200 forms of dwarfism. In
primordial dwarfism, of which there are approximately 200 known
cases world-wide, the brain, skeleton, and body are all
proportionate, just like in average-size humans.They're just
very little people, including several who are even smaller than
the Flores example.

What evidence is there in the Flores find that points to a
separate species? Well, it's quite controversial, to say the
least: an associate of Dean Falk argues that a new species
designation is merited by the fact that unlike pygmies or
proportionate dwarfs, the long arms, short legs, thickness of
bones, and receding chin in the original Flores island example
argues for a species derived from Homo Erectus, and that may
have become smaller over many thousands of years due to
isolation on Flores island, somewhat like fossils discovered on
another, I seem to recall, Indonesian island of a dwarf or small
elephant, where it was also argued that the small size evolved
over time due to limited resources. Searching the net, I also
found references to 6 additional small fossil skeletons being
found on Flores. So, it's seems the matter is still pretty much
unresolved, IMHO.




Now if we could just unearth the fossilized remains of a
"typical grey," with those big, beautiful eye sockets, we might
have something truly intriguing! I'm rather fond of Mac Tonnie's
"cryptoterrestrial" thought experiment, and think it worthy of
careful investigation and analysis, though I tend to favor
Vallee's thinking about the phenomenon, and suspect we are
dealing with a chameleon-like "meta" pheonomena, in that what is
witnessed, or "displayed", is not all that likely to be as
perceived, due to the multiplicity and variety of UAP phenomena
seen over time, and the seeming "evolution" of UAP's witnessed
and/or recorded with external or scientific instrumentation of
different kinds. There's almost a pattern of no pattern, a kind
of inherent "plausible deniability" evident. But there is a very
real signal within the noise.  Or that no one really knows, as
where's the proof?

Wasn't it J.B.S. Haldane who once said, to paraphrase, that the
universe was not only stranger than we know, but stranger than
we can know? This relates to Vallee and Davis' paper on
incommensurability and anomalous phenomena, which seems very
important to keep in mind.

See: http://www.nidsci.org/pdf/vallee_davis.pdf

It's best to keep an open mind while rigorously using the best
tools of science and mind to investigate the actual nature of
any phenomena whose real origins we still do not know before we
theorize too much. The "other" is still unknown. We must be our
own questioning "devil's advocate" and never assume based on the
evident particulars of any UAP/UFO incident(s) that what we may
see or think reveals the nature or origins of this scientific
mystery--Vallee once said that UFO phenom- ena are not just a
matter of scientific investigation but also counter-intelligence.

Stay sharp.


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