An anthropologist claims that a 120 cm tall Hobbit tribe is still roaming the jungles
Is a Hobbit tribe alive and roaming the remote jungles of Indonesia?
Homo fluorescence, which rises to less than 120 cm in height, has a hairy body and large feet, is considered an extinct species - but now a British anthropologist has ruled out its extinction.
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Thursday, 28 April 2022, 23:51 Updated: Friday, 13 May 2022, 00:20
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A British anthropologist believes that the Hobbits are still alive and hiding in the jungles, after the bones of 13 hobbit-like creatures were found in Flores, Indonesia, back in 2003.
A team of scientists who arrived in Flores, a remote island in Indonesia, dug digging in the Liang Boa Cave hidden in the damp jungle.
They got there with low expectations, thinking they might find some primitive tools, but what they found there about 19 years ago shattered long-held beliefs around human evolution and made headlines around the world.
The team gently collected a small skull from the ground and stood face to face with a new species of human.
Professor Peter Brown of the University of New England, Australia, said at the time that he would be less surprised if someone found an alien there.
A partial skeleton of a female creature that rose to a height of less than 120 cm was removed from the grave and immediately named "The Hobbit", after the fantasy book of J.R. R. Tolkien (John Ronald Reuel Tolkien).
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The human hobbit has been given the scientific name "Homo floresiensis" (Homo floresiensis) and many believe that it used to live alongside modern humans, Homo sapiens.
Professor Peter Brown, however, believes the two are still living side by side - and he is not the only one.
For almost 20 years there have been rumors that the "hobbits" have never become extinct and in fact continue to live for them in the remote mountains and forests of eastern Indonesia for tens of thousands of years.
Dr. Gregory Forth, a British professor of anthropology and a former academic at Oxford shared the details of his efforts in an attempt to uncover the mystery behind human hobbits. The direct descendants of the "extinct" species and whether their cousins.
It may sound delusional, like the myth of Bigfoot or the monster King Ness, but the possibility that the Hobbits survived has never been completely ruled out by scientists, and indeed, missionary reports sent to Flores on "little monkey-like humans" date back to the 1920s.
The last time Dr. Forth, now 74, received a report of an sighting of the mysterious creatures was in 2017, when a woman in Flores said she noticed a monkey crossing the field.
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In 2001 Dr. Forth visited the Liu people, an ancient tribe of people living in secluded huts in Flores, thousands of feet above sea level. On the same trip he heard many stories about the creatures observed by the locals. He dropped it to the floor, "he says, mainly because it matches the descriptions given by the villagers for decades.
It is estimated that the" hobbits "walked upright and weighed around 30 kg.
They had large feet, human-shaped faces, and a brain about a third the size of our brains.
Skeletal features associated with chewing and walking have clearly linked them to the gay type (meaning human) and the sex sapiens (smart).
Over time, many scientists have concluded that Homo fluorescence has been able to use tools and even ignite fire.
We - Homo sapiens - evolved about 200,000 years ago and existed at times with other "gay" species, as well as with Neanderthal man.
The bones of the 13 hobbits unearthed in Liang Boa Cave - the only site where such bones have ever been found - date the species to its evolution 190,000 to 50,000 years ago, although the evolutionary picture is unclear.
It is not yet known exactly when they became extinct (if at all) and for what period of time they existed alongside modern man.
The mountain caves of the remote islands of eastern Indonesia are still insufficiently explored territory and it is not known what they may contain.
"No field zoologist is looking for more live specimens of Homo fluorescence," Dr. Forth added, "but that does not mean they can not be found.
" Skeptical about the possibility that they survived.
"Flores is an island about the size of Connecticut (about 15,000 square kilometers) and is home to two million currently scattered throughout the island," said John Hawks, a paleontologist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. "Unseen on this island and surviving among a self-sustaining population is pretty close to zero," Hawks told Live Science.
On the other hand, there are researchers who actually agree that the story of Homo fluorescence and their fate is still shrouded in mist.
New research suggests the possibility that significant environmental change occurred about 60,000 years ago at the site where the fossils were found, and that the hobbits - and other animals - may have simply left the area in search of a more suitable environment.
If this is true, the fact that no bones less than 50,000 years old have been found does not necessarily indicate that our lower relatives became extinct then, but rather that they may have simply migrated from the site after the forest took over the open areas.
"As the environment changed and became more forested, Homo fluorescence apparently left the Liang Boa area, following the animals to more open areas on the island," wrote Dr. Yonath Eshchar of the Davidson Institute of Science Education, adding that "the hobbits may have survived thousands of years after their remains disappeared from the cave. And even if the group that lives on the site is indeed dead - other groups may have continued to thrive in places that have not yet been found.