OMG: Hobbitz is real!

Ever since they were found in 2003 on the Indonesian island of Flores, scientists have puzzled over the origins of a species of human nicknamed "The Hobbit".

A new study of the remains suggest that it could be a version of the early human species homo erectus - which arrived on the island, and shrunk. Marooned descendants of a hominid called Homo erectus, these people progressively "dwarfed," becoming smaller to match the availability of food on the island, a new Japanese study has suggested.

Dubbed after the wee folk in J.R.R. Tolkien's tale, the "hobbits" were just over a metre (3.25 feet) tall, weighed around 25 kilos (55 pounds) and had a brain roughly the size of a chimp's, our closest primate relative. Sounds like some of the people we know.

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