The Hobbit Enigma

Join us today on Discovery Enterprise as we examine one of the greatest controversies in paleoanthropology today: just what did scientists find when they uncovered the tiny, human-like skeleton of a strange creature on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003?


Does Homo floresiensis represent an entirely new branch of the human family or is this discovery one of the greatest paleoanthropological blunders of the twenty-first century.
Since the discovery was made public a bitter dispute has split the world of anthropology. Are the bones a previously unknown and bizarre primitive species of human?
“Some of the sceptics have argued that the Hobbit was simply a sick pygmy – a modern human with a rare disease like microcephaly. However, four years after the initial discovery there is now compelling scientific evidence to support naming the Hobbit as a new species: Homo floresiensis.”

‘If there was a case where fact is stranger than fiction, this is it.’ Richard Dawkins, evolutionary biologist.
So watch our double bill as we explore the mystery surrounding the Hobbits.
The Hobbit Enigma

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