Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Another hobbit fossil- a jaw

Head over to John Hawks for a peek at the latest fossil finds from Flores. A new jaw will be reported in this week's Nature-- and of course teeth can tell you an awful lot about their owner. It's still early days, but the fossils taken together suggest that hobbits are a very deep off-branch of the hominin lineage, with australopithecines (Lucy and co.) being the last shared ancestors with H. Sapiens.

And folks in Germany are trying to get DNA reads from the fossils! This could get really interesting.

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