Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Humans did wipe out real-life 'hobbits', say scientists

The 3.5ft humans were using stone tools in Indonesia 50,000 years ago

Thursday 30 June 2016

It may not yet be enough to convince a jury, but mounting evidence suggests ancestors of modern humans wiped out the world's only known population of hobbits.

A race of 3.5ft tall humans - known as “hobbits” - were using stone tools on the Indonesian island of Flores 50,000 years ago but then mysteriously vanished.

Scientists now believe modern Homo sapiens humans were using fire in the hobbits' cave at least 41,000 years ago.

The discovery of hearths in the Liang Bua cave indicates that hobbits and modern humans both occupied the site within 11,000 years of each other.

Researchers are searching for more evidence that will remove any remaining alibi modern humans might have.

If the two species came together at the same place and time it could explain the hobbits' extinction.

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