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A New Human The Startling Discovery and Strange Story of the Hobbits of Flores Indonesia Summary Þ E-book, or Kindle E-pub × In October 2004 a team of Australian and Indonesian anthropologists led by Mike Morwood and Raden Pandji Soejono stunned the world withArchipelagoEven Morwood had to navigate the rock shoals of an archaeological bureaucracy that could be obtuse and even spiteful and when the Hobbits became embroiled in scientific controversy as no find of such magnitude could avoid it proved easy for Morwood to get nearly swamped with trouble Finds were stolen and damaged and the backbiting was fierce But the light of science once brightened is difficult to dim and the story of the indefatigable Morwood's fight to defend his find discovery is an inspirati. 2004 book We need a seuelThe book is easy to read

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In October 2004 a team of Australian and Indonesian anthropologists led by Mike Morwood and Raden Pandji Soejono stunned the world with their announcement of the discovery of the first example of a new species of human Homo floresiensis which they nicknamed the Hobbit This was no creation of Tolkien's fantasy however but a tool using fire making cooperatively hunting person The Morwood and his colleagues revealed about the find the astonishing it became standing only three feet tall with brains a little la. I knew that homo floresiensis hunted dwarf stegadons but apparently they also hunted komodo dragons Imagine that three feet tall and taking down mini elephants and giant lizards For a long time I had my doubts about whether they were a separate species of human and gave into the idea that they were all pathological specimens a whole tribe of microcephalic down syndrome autists I think I let myself believe that because I wanted them to be a separate species and anything I want is automatically bad or wrong But this book convinced me that homo floresiensis is a different species and that the world is a wider and crazier place than we give it credit forThe book does a great job of outlining the finds breaking down the discoveries and finding meaning in them as well as giving an exciting recount of their discovery and the subseuent politicking and academic backbiting that a discovery of such a magnitude entails

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A New Human The Startling Discovery and Strange Story of the Hobbits of Flores IndonesiaRger than a can of cola the Hobbits forced anthropologists and everyone to reconsider what it means to be humanMorwood's work was no ordinary academic exercise Along the way he had to tread warily through the cultural landscape of Indonesia he has an embarrassing mishap with some hard to chew pork and he demonstrated that sometimes the life of a real archaeologist can be a bit like Indiana Jones's when he risked his neck in an ocean going raft to experience how ancient Indonesians might have navigated the. This book is a very uick read at just a couple of hundred pages and while this was an interesting account of the discovery of the small diminutive fossil Homo floresiensis in the Liang Bua limestone cave on the Indonesian island of Flores the book is largely a description of the controversy that erupted among members of the academic community regarding the interpretation and role of the floresiensis fossils in better understanding hominin evolution In fact upon finishing the book I still really didn't have a better understanding of exactly what these fossils mean and where the research with respect to the direction that southeastern Asian paleontologyanthropology is headed Clearly the discoverers of Homo floresiensis Mike Morwood and his team feel like they were badly used by many in academia and that's too bad I guess I would have liked a bit of scientifically rigorous presentation and discussion of the data and evidence that led Morwood and others to believe that floresiensis is a hominin deserving of species status; and what the implication of these fossils is upon the Out of Africa or Multiregional theories of hominin dispersal and evolution According to other scientific journal articles and references in other books it seems that these fossils are likely uite important to fully understanding our human origins; and this book unfortunately just didn't really do all that much toward clarifying things Hopefully there will be to come on this fascinating topic in the near future Despite all of the academic bickering and turf war aspects of this discovery I have to say that it was really interesting to read about how much work is associated with not only finding fossils like these but then moving through the academic and professional peer review processes related to description classification and interpretation Unfortunately it isn't all just science; there's a lot of politics involved too