Homo Floresiensis Skeleton

Illustration

Emma Groeneveld
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published on 09 January 2018

Cast of a Homo floresiensis skeleton - a species nicknamed ‘hobbit’ because it only stood about 1 meter tall.

This extinct species of fossil human lived on the island of Flores, Indonesia and was first excavated there in 2003 CE at Liang Bua Cave. These humans were originally thought to have lived between c. 74,000- c. 12,000 years ago, which would have made them the last surviving humans besides our own species of Homo sapiens. Recent evidence suggests, however, that they were actually quite a bit more ancient: their bones now come in at between around 100,000 and 60,000 years ago, and the tools found alongside them range between c. 190,000- c. 50,000 years old.

This cast can be found at the Australian Museum in Sydney.



About the Author

Emma Groeneveld
Emma has studied History & Ancient History. During her Master's she focused on Herodotus as well as the juicy politics of ancient courts, but more recently she has been immersing herself in everything prehistoric. She both writes and edits for AHE.

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