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The Hobbit primitive species lived a million years

Lo indica una nuova dating tool used by one of the smallest adult hominid ever found

The mysterious primitive man feet tall and nicknamed Hobbit, whose remains were discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, lived there for at least a million years or two million, not 'only' 880,000 years as previously calculated. This indicates a new dating tool used by the creature with long arms and small brain, one of the smallest adult hominid ever found in the fossil record, which were discovered by Australian scientists led by the archaeologist Mike Morwood of the University of Wollongong, which describes the results in the latest edition of journal Nature.
So far the oldest evidence of hominid, Homo floresiensis, or were stone tools dating back 880,000 years ago, by Morwood found the remains of dwarf elephants and other animals such stegodonti at Mata Menge , 40 km east of the Liang Bua cave, where they were discovered the remains of the Hobbit. The tools were found dating from hours to Wolo Sege, about 1 km from Mata Menge, along with fossils of stegodonte, giant tortoises and Komodo dragons, and are identical to the first tools.
The remains of hominid found in the cave have been dated between 95,000 and 17,000 years ago and are the only ones so far discovered. The new dating of the tools, Morwood says, goes back la loro presenza a oltre un milione di anni fa, "ma l'età dei primi di essi a Flores potrebbe facilmente essere il doppio". "Il dibattito è ora su quale fosse realmente l'antenato dell'Homo floresiensis", aggiunge.


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