Flores Hobbit-Like Human Picture Gallery

Hobbit-Like Human Picture Gallery: Photo of floresiensis and sapien skulls
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The Indonesian island Flores lies between Australia and Asia.

Scientists suggest that the new species of tiny humans may have descended from large-body Homo erectus humans who made it across the sea to colonize Flores. Once on Flores, the ancient humans could have "dwarfed," an evolutionary response that has been seen in other mammals in isolated environments with little food and no predators.

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Photo gallery by Chelsea Lane-Miller
Map copyright ESRI/National Geographic Society
 
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