Hobbits Evolved From An Ancestor In Africa Not From A Modern Human

Posted: Apr 21 2017, 6:06pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Hobbits Evolved from an Ancestor in Africa Not from a Modern Human
This is a reconstructed skull of Homo floresiensis. Credit: Stuart Hay, ANU
  • Origins of Hobbits finally revealed

An ancient hobbit race of hominids that have had their fossil remains unearthed may have been one of a kind and not have evolved from Homo erectus.

The bones of Homo floresiensis prove that they were a species that was tiny and like hobbits. These beings lived on the island of Flores (Indonesia) a long time ago.

Yet research shows that they were unique and probably evolved from an early African cousin and not from Homo erectus. The latter hypothesis was the accepted one up until now. Yet it has been rejected recently.

The study found that the hobbits were a sister species of Homo habilis. This was the earliest type of species present in Africa. It was extant 1.75 million years ago.

The fresh data suggests that there was simply no link between Homo floresiensis and Homo erectus. Homo erectus was the only other species of hominids to inhabit the Indonesian mainland of Java along with Homo floresiensis.

This thus lays to rest a heated debate that had been going on for quite some time. Both Homo floresiensis and Homo habilis shared a common ancestor though.

There is a remote possibility that Homo floresiensis used to thrive in Africa a long time ago and later on migrated to the islands of Indonesia. As early as 54,000 years ago, this species of hominid used to live in Indonesia.

The study allowed the researchers to put one and one together to come up with results regarding where to put Homo floresiensis on the evolutionary timeline.

All the means of linking this inhabitant of Flores island to Homo erectus were tested thoroughly in the light of recent evidence. They all came short of fulfilling the rigorous criteria. The facts just don’t fit and thus the theories will have to be revised. It is a paradigm shift we are talking about here.

The study appear in the Journal of Human Evolution.

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