Thursday, October 28, 2004


Nature has just revealed the existence of Flores Man, a new species of hominid. Notable about the new species is that the adults were only a metre high, had a chimpanzee-sized brain and probably descended from Homo erectus. What is mind-boggling is that the remains date back only 18,000 years. The last known Neantherthals lived about 30,000 years ago and they were a subspecies of Homo sapiens, which was a successor to Homo erectus. The new find is thought to give veracity to Indonesian traditions about the little people. What appeals most to me, being a recovering Lords of the Rings fanatic, is the imagery of Hobbits being devoured by a Komodo dragon.