Photo: "Hobbit" Humans Were Diseased, Not New Species, Study Says



The skull cast (left) and cast of the endocranial cavity of a modern adult human who suffered from the genetic disease microcephaly.

In a new analysis, a team of researchers says that the "hobbits" found on an Indonesian island are not a new species but a microcephalic group of modern humans.

Photograph by John Weinstein, courtesy of the Field Museum/Science


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