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Friday, 21 October 2016, 13:23 (01:23 PM) CDT, day 295 of 2016

Prehistoric Cultures

Fall 2012 Calendar -- DAY [archive]

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Dates and Times to Remember

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Friday, 21 October 2016, 18:23 (06:23 PM) GMT, day 295 of 2016
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Cutting Costs for College Textbooks

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Homo floresiensis


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"Hobbit" (Homo floresiensis)  artist's reconstruction.

"A male Homo floresiensis may have looked something like this"
(Image: National Geographic) -- BBC

general information

eight individuals

family tree

cranial capacity


hominid chart

Indonesia HomePage

Homo floresiensis -- Wikipedia
Cf. "Java Man" -- Wikipedia

Map of Indonesia.

Lonely Planet . . .
~ Indonesia
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Encarta interactive map

World FactBook -- Indonesia


"When a new fossil is found it is often claimed that it will rewrite the anthropological textbooks.  But in the case of an astonishing new discovery from Indonesia, this claim is fully justified."
-- Chris Stringer

In the News . . .



NOVA logo, Alien from Earth video.

(56 min., 2009, CC, DVD 1749)

NOVA Alien from Earth HomePage

NOVA presents an exclusive new investigation into the sensational discovery of the bizarre ancient bones of the so-called "Hobbit" unearthed in a cave on the island of Flores, Indonesia. No more than 3 feet tall when fully grown, these tiny humans survived in the cave for tens of thousands of years, hunting the huge and fierce Komodo dragons that roamed their remote island home. In Alien from Earth. NOVA explores the latest evidence in a furious scientific debate on what the Hobbit bones represent. Are they the remains of a dwarf race of modern humans suffering from a strange disease? Or are they the unique and tantalizing testament to a previously unknown branch of the human family? Special DVD features include: materials and activities for educators; a link to the NOVA Web site; scene selections; closed captions; and described video for the visually impaired. On one DVD5 disc. Region coding: Region 1. Audio: Dolby stereo. Screen format: 16:9 Anamorphic.

Bones may be from distinct species: Scientists say the "little people" of Indonesia aren't humans with a disorder
-- Minneapolis Star-Tribune / New York Times ( 23 September 2007, p. A17)


"Hobbit" (Homo floresiensis)  artist wrist bones.

BBC 'Hobbit' Wrists 'Were Primitive'
BBC News (9/20/07)

From Anthroplogy in the News, Texas A&M
(20 March 2008)

Pacific "Dwarf" Bones Cause Controversy Nature (3/10/08)

From Anthroplogy in the News, Texas A&M
(24 September 2007)

Wrist Bones Bolster Hobbit Status Nature (9/20/07)

From Anthroplogy in the News, Texas A&M
(5 March 2008)

Hobbit Was 'a Cretin' Nature (3/4/08)

"Hobbit" Family Tree
Comparison of "Hobbit" skull and skull of Homo sapiens.

"The skull of
Homo floresiensis
can only hold a brain that's about 380 cc. in size."




"The modern human skull [at left] holds a brain that measures between 1,400 and 1,500 cc." 


(Peter Brown)

Stone tools excavated from the Hobbit home in Flores.

Stone tools excavated from the Hobbit home in Flores


(Image: Mike Morwood)

"Hobbit" (Homo floresiensis) skull.

"LB1, the Homo floresiensis type specimen, found at a depth of 5.9m in the limestone cave of Liang Bua on Flores, Indonesia."
(Image: Peter Brown)

"LB1 was an adult female that stood just one metre in height"
(Image: National Geographic) -- BBC
Homo sapiens

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Heidelberg, Steinheim, Swanscombe, Kabwe . . .





"Early Moderns"

Cro-Magnon, Border Cave, Qafzeh, etc.



UMD Students

Special Case: Piltdown

Adapted from Intoduction to Physical Anthropology, 8th ed, Jurmain, Nelson, Kilgore, and Trevathan
(Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, 2000, pp. 285 - 290).
The Hobbit


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