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Daily WOW: Fossils Found Even Smaller than “Hobbit Human”

The Daily Catch - published on 06/08/16

On the remote island of Flores, in Indonesia, the tiny fossils of a new species were found. This species may be the ancestor of the “Hobbit Human,” Homo floresiensis:

Anthropologists have discovered the lower jaw and a series of teeth from at least one adult and possibly two children of what appears to be an early form of the hobbit, Homo floresiensis. Perhaps most extraordinarily these diminutive ancient humans may have been even smaller than their descendants, who are thought to have stood 3.5ft tall and died out around 50,000 years ago. It promises to settle a long running argument about whether Homo floresiensis was really a separate species of human or merely a pygmy form of our own species Homo sapiens. The scientists who discovered the Hobbits in 2003 have maintained they are a separate species of human that evolved from an earlier species like Homo erectus after becoming isolated on Flores.

It is worth noting that Benedict XVI called creationism and evolution “complementary realities” and said, on the so called “clash” between them:

“This clash [between evolution and creationism] is an absurdity because on one hand there is much scientific proof in favor of evolution, which appears as a reality that we must see and which enriches our understanding of life and being as such.”
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