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Who were the Hobbit’s ancestors?

Nearly a decade after its discovery in Liang Bua cave on the Indonesian island of Flores, scientists are still debating just what Homo floresiensis, aka the Hobbit, really is. There’s still no clear answer, but new research presented at a conference in Germany hints at what H. floresiensis may not be. Debbie Argue, a palaeoanthropologist at Australian National University in Canberra who led the study, says theories about the Hobbits’ origins fall into two categories. Some scientists say that H. floresiensis represents a dwarfed or diseased descendant of anatomically modern Homo sapiens. A second camp, to which Argue belongs, contends 


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