All Hail the Hobbits

Or, say hello to your cousin Frodo.

hobbit-skull

Somewhere back in 2003 3 foot tall fossil remains dating 18,000 years old were found on the Indonesian island of Flores and their story continues to cause controversy. See originally it was whether was a separate species, an offshoot or genetic mutation and this is still being debated even with test results beginning to come in. Even among the scientists there’s discord and how some of the general public feels about this is a whole lot less friendlier.

The remains are dentally closest identifiable to the branch of homo erectus that has been found in the Java islands though height wise there is considerable difference, and this is where the confusion begins. Is this a case of devolution or evolving to suit the local conditions and if so is it a mutation or a separate lineage? The standing as I understand it is that these are not modern humans with abnormalities but a distinct evolution perhaps occurring because of environment, though for some reason there’s still questioning within the scientific community.( Forgive any misunderstandings I might have interpreted as I am not a scientist. )

General public reactions on the article alone suggests feelings of cool it’s a real hobbit to this isn’t real because evolution isn’t real and a bunch seem unhappy about it in general. Here’s my thing … just why are people so upset about this? Are we so egocentric that we’ve come to believe we are the ultimate and only? Or is it a question of it’s not what I believe so it isn’t real? No matter how you look at it, agree or not, you really should be marveling at the adaptability of life and doing more to encourage a safe and livable world for all of us now.

boo,

we’ll be back in a few

( Photo from Professor Peter Brown, University of New England with original article at http://www.livescience.com/52839-hobbits-were-separate-species.html )

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