First-ever cast of Hobbit to be unveiled on April 21

March 24th, 2009 - 3:48 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, March 24 (ANI): A cast of a Hobbit skeleton will be publicly displayed for the first time ever at Stony Brook Universitys 7th Human Evolution Symposium on April 21, thanks to the National Research and Development Centre for Archaeology in Jakarta, Indonesia.

As the debate rages on about whether Homo floresiensis the so called Hobbit fossils discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, represent a separate human species, the symposium will bring together the researchers currently in the process of describing and analyzing the remains.

Convened by Richard Leakey, the world-renowned paleoanthropologist who is Professor of Anthropology at Stony Brook, the public symposium, Hobbits in the Haystack: Homo floresiensis and Human Evolution, is hosted by the Turkana Basin Institute at Stony Brook.

At the symposium, well do our best to separate fact from myth on the controversial issues surrounding this prehistoric hominin, which has gained international celebrity status, said William Jungers, Chair of the Department of Anatomical Sciences at Stony Brook.

A cast of the entire skeleton of the specimen has never been displayed anywhere, inside or outside of Indonesia. This is a real first, he added.

Nicknamed Flo and referred to as a Hobbit due to its brain size about a third of the size of modern humans and small physical stature, the enigmatic Homo floresiensis has emerged as one of the most fascinating and perplexing twists to the story of human evolution in recent history.

Dated to only 17,000 years ago, these Hobbits possessed an unexpected number of primitive morphologies more reminiscent of earlier Homo erectus or even Australopithecus, than modern humans. (ANI)

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