Navigation Links
'Hobbit' fossils represent a new species, concludes University of Minnesota anthropologist
Date:12/17/2008

University of Minnesota anthropology professor Kieran McNulty (along with colleague Karen Baab of Stony Brook University in New York) has made an important contribution toward solving one of the greatest paleoanthropological mysteries in recent history -- that fossilized skeletons resembling a mythical "hobbit" creature represent an entirely new species in humanity's evolutionary chain.

Discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, controversy has surrounded the fossilized hominid skeletons of the so-called "hobbit people," or Homo floresiensis ever since. Experts are still debating whether the 18,000-year-old remains merely belong to a diminutive population of modern-day humans (with one individual exhibiting "microcephaly," an abnormally small head) or represent a previously unrecognized branch in humanity's family tree.

Using 3D modeling methods, McNulty and his fellow researchers compared the cranial features of this real-life "hobbit" to those of a simulated fossil human (of similar stature) to determine whether or not such a species was distinct from modern humans.

"[Homo floresiensis] is the most exciting discovery in probably the last 50 years," said McNulty. "The specimens have skulls that resemble something that died a million years earlier, and other body parts reminiscent of our three-million-year-old human ancestors, yet they lived until very recently -- contemporaries with modern humans."

Comparing the simulation to the original Flores skull discovered in 2003, McNulty and Baab were able to demonstrate conclusively that the original "hobbit" skull fits the expectations for a small fossil hominin species and not a modern human. Their study was published online this month in the Journal of Human Evolution.

The cranial structure of the fossilized skull, says the study, clearly places it in humanity's genus Homo, even though it would be smaller in both body and brain size than any oth
'/>"/>

Contact: Patty Mattern
mattern@umn.edu
612-624-2801
University of Minnesota
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. New research sheds light on Hobbit
2. Rare Antarctic fossils reveal extinction of tundra before full polar climate arrived
3. Antarctic fossils paint a picture of a much warmer continent
4. Fossils and layers: Solving the terrane puzzle of the North American cordillera
5. Living fossils have long- and short-term memory
6. Oldest Australian crayfish fossils provide missing evolutionary link
7. Fossils excavated from Bahamian blue hole may give clues of early life
8. Rodent fossils allows to determine climate of the Iberian Peninsula 6 million years ago
9. Living fossils have hot sex
10. Microfossils disclose geologic history of eastern California
11. A new dinosaur species, Pachyrhinosaur lakustai, unveiled from Pipestone Creek, Alberta, Canada
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/11/2015)... GOTHENBURG, Sweden , August 11, 2015 ... sensor FPC1155. Already received as well as expected revenues in 2015 ... included in FPC,s communicated revenue guidance of approximately 2,200 MSEK for ... is a prominent smartphone manufacturer ... ZUK selected FPC1 155 ...
(Date:8/6/2015)... CITY, Calif. , Aug. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... Valley) will visit Crossmatch ™ to learn ... networks and protect data. Crossmatch is a world ... whose technologies and expertise are helping federal agencies ... efficiency and security.   "The vast ...
(Date:8/5/2015)... -- According to a new market research ... Vertical (BFSI, Airport, IT & Telecom, Utilities, Education, Defense ... 2020", published by MarketsandMarkets, defines and segments the Physical ... The global PIAM Market is estimated to grow from ... at a CAGR of 14.9 % from 2014 to ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):FPC's Touch Fingerprint Sensor FPC1155 in ZUK's Smartphone Z1 2Rep. Honda to Visit Crossmatch in Redwood City 2Physical Identity and Access Management Market Worth $546.2 Million by 2019 2Physical Identity and Access Management Market Worth $546.2 Million by 2019 3Physical Identity and Access Management Market Worth $546.2 Million by 2019 4
... Health & Science University (OHSU) and Intel Corp. ... that advance the field of personalized medicine by ... analyzing a patient,s individual genetic profile. Through a ... and scientists from the two institutions will develop ...
... developers may have a new tool to search for more ... that can model and catalogue the entire set of lightweight, ... The small-molecule universe has more than 10^60 (that,s 1 ... Beratan said that many of the world,s problems have molecular ...
... Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society Biological Sciences ... a global population that is simultaneously growing and increasing ... and social impoverishment. According to Michael T. ... (WHRC) and one of the issue,s co-editors, "One important ...
Cached Biology News:OHSU teams with Intel to decode the root causes of cancer and other complex diseases 2OHSU teams with Intel to decode the root causes of cancer and other complex diseases 3OHSU teams with Intel to decode the root causes of cancer and other complex diseases 4OHSU teams with Intel to decode the root causes of cancer and other complex diseases 5Scientists map all possible drug-like chemical compounds 2Scientists map all possible drug-like chemical compounds 3Ecology, economy and management of an agro-industrial Amazon frontier 2Ecology, economy and management of an agro-industrial Amazon frontier 3
(Date:8/26/2015)... , Aug. 26, 2015  Platform therapeutic ... it has received a $1.5M Phase II SBIR ... to further develop its therapeutic agent to reduce ... need in end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients ... National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney ...
(Date:8/26/2015)... , August 26, 2015 Israel Proves Its ... wins 1 st place  Wayerz comes in 5 ... Israel by venture capital fund JVP, with Chinese ... US, China , Israel , ... .  Impressive achievement for the Israeli representatives in the ...
(Date:8/26/2015)... -- After litigating and negotiating patent infringement claims ... United States patent RE43,651 (the ,651 ... the United States without any admission or concession ... As a result of the parties, settlement, the US District ... dismissed the case without prejudice. Under the ...
(Date:8/26/2015)... ... August 26, 2015 , ... PRC Clinical, ... new business relationships with local sponsors in southern California. The Clinical Trial Management Expert ... development processes and regulatory pathways., , Stem Cell Meeting ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Symic Biomedical Awarded $1.5MM NIH Phase II SBIR Grant to Develop its Proteoglycan Mimetic Therapeutics to Reduce Vascular Access Failures in ESRD 2Symic Biomedical Awarded $1.5MM NIH Phase II SBIR Grant to Develop its Proteoglycan Mimetic Therapeutics to Reduce Vascular Access Failures in ESRD 3Israeli Startup Takes First Place at Shengjing Global Innovation Awards 2015 2Israeli Startup Takes First Place at Shengjing Global Innovation Awards 2015 3Israeli Startup Takes First Place at Shengjing Global Innovation Awards 2015 4Israeli Startup Takes First Place at Shengjing Global Innovation Awards 2015 5Israeli Startup Takes First Place at Shengjing Global Innovation Awards 2015 6P2i Settles United States Litigation 2PRC Clinical To Attend Major Industry Conferences And Meet Sponsor Companies In The San Diego Biotech Hub 2PRC Clinical To Attend Major Industry Conferences And Meet Sponsor Companies In The San Diego Biotech Hub 3
... Calif., Aug. 25, 2011 Emmy® and Tony® award-winning ... ) today launch Act 2 Reduce Fractures™, an educational ... for fractures. Earlier this year, Danner was diagnosed with ... to encourage women like her to educate themselves, take ...
... 25, 2011 SyntheMed, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: ... announced that its stockholders approved the planned merger with ... today.  In excess of 99% of the votes cast ... merger with Pathfinder was previously announced and is described ...
... Hikma Pharmaceuticals reports lower-than-expected 3.2% increase in revenues ... The international drug developer says that political ... some key countries like Egypt and Tunisia. ... Hikma CEO Said Darwazah says that production is back ...
Cached Biology Technology:Award-Winning Actress Blythe Danner and Amgen Launch Act 2 Reduce Fractures(TM) Educational Campaign 2Award-Winning Actress Blythe Danner and Amgen Launch Act 2 Reduce Fractures(TM) Educational Campaign 3Award-Winning Actress Blythe Danner and Amgen Launch Act 2 Reduce Fractures(TM) Educational Campaign 4Award-Winning Actress Blythe Danner and Amgen Launch Act 2 Reduce Fractures(TM) Educational Campaign 5Award-Winning Actress Blythe Danner and Amgen Launch Act 2 Reduce Fractures(TM) Educational Campaign 6Award-Winning Actress Blythe Danner and Amgen Launch Act 2 Reduce Fractures(TM) Educational Campaign 7SyntheMed, Inc. Announces Stockholder Approval of Planned Merger With Pathfinder, LLC 2SyntheMed, Inc. Announces Stockholder Approval of Planned Merger With Pathfinder, LLC 3
...
... a hydrolytic enzyme that catalyzes the ... glucose, maltose, maltotriose and,dextrins. The level ... the human,body are of clinical importance,1-3 ... enzymes for industry.4, The EnzChek Amylase ...
... The Jouan MSC series of ... comfortable working conditions and certification to ... automatic regulation ensures that the cabinets ... working conditions. Natural lighting, low noise ...
Rabbit polyclonal to STUB1 ( Abpromise for all tested applications). entrezGeneID: 10273 SwissProtID: Q9UNE7...
Biology Products: