New study: hobbit fossil re-classified as modern human

From, a sober revision about a fossil discovery that received a lot of attention when it was announced. (H/T Lindsay)


In October 2004, excavation of fragmentary skeletal remains from the island of Flores in Indonesia yielded what was called “the most important find in human evolution for 100 years.” Its discoverers dubbed the find Homo floresiensis, a name suggesting a previously unknown species of human.

Now detailed reanalysis by an international team of researchers including Robert B. Eckhardt, professor of developmental genetics and evolution at Penn State, Maciej Henneberg, professor of anatomy and pathology at the University of Adelaide, and Kenneth Hsü, a Chinese geologist and paleoclimatologist, suggests that the single specimen on which the new designation depends, known as LB1, does not represent a new species. Instead, it is the skeleton of a developmentally abnormal human and, according to the researchers, contains important features most consistent with a diagnosis of Down syndrome.

“The skeletal sample from Liang Bua cave contains fragmentary remains of several individuals,” Eckhardt said. “LB1 has the only skull and thigh bones in the entire sample.”

No substantial new bone discoveries have been made in the cave since the finding of LB1.

Initial descriptions of Homo floresiensis focused on LB1’s unusual anatomical characteristics: a cranial volume reported as only 380 milliliters (23.2 cubic inches), suggesting a brain less than one third the size of an average modern human’s and short thigh bones, which were used to reconstruct a creature standing 1.06 meters (about 3.5 feet tall). Although LB1 lived only 15,000 years ago, comparisons were made to earlier hominins, including Homo erectus and Australopithecus. Other traits were characterized as unique and therefore indicative of a new species.

A thorough reexamination of the available evidence in the context of clinical studies, the researchers said, suggests a different explanation.

The researchers report their findings in two papers published today (Aug. 4) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

So, it used to be a hobbit, but further study shows it’s a modern human.

Let’s take a look at what the atheist naturalist Darwinists on think it is.

They write:

Modern humans arrived on Flores between 55,000 and 35,000 years ago, and presumably interacted with floresiensis, though there is no evidence of this at Liang Bua. However Indonesian folklore tells of creatures called Ebu Gogo which were small, inarticulate, and walked with an odd gait. This sounds remarkably suggestive of floresiensis, but it could easily be coincidence – if floresiensis had been found in Ireland, we’d possibly be wondering if they were leprechauns.

[…]Some creationists are predicting that [further studies] will show floresiensis to be modern humans, but if, as Brown et al. believe, they descended from Homo erectus, the mtDNA of floresiensis should be even more different from modern humans than the Neandertals were.

Talk Origins Dot Org. Folklore. Leprechauns. Star Trek.

UPDATE: Evolution News has more, and it’s even worse than I implied here.

4 thoughts on “New study: hobbit fossil re-classified as modern human”

  1. Reblogged this on Will S.' Culture War Blog and commented:
    I’m always amused at the constant shifting of the narrative, and the lack of anyone noticing or caring, amongst the progs. It’s just like the abrupt switches in doctrine in Orwell’s ‘1984’: “Oceania is at war with Eastasia; Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia!” / “Oceania is at war with Eurasia; Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia!”
    Even some non-religious folks, like Fred Reed, and the late philosopher David Stove, have found Darwinian evolution by natural selection to be a dubious proposition; how much more for us Christians…
    Yet the progs need the evolution narrative, because it is useful to their purposes, and so keep pushing it relentlessly, and pooh-poohing the views of skeptics, religious and otherwise…


  2. This just arrived in my email box (re: building new organs):

    One sentence states “The bad news is that there is no way we can duplicate this impossibly complex process of organ cell differentiation. The precision and sophistication of the genomic machinery is so far beyond the capabilities of nanotechnologists, it is impossible to say when comparable nanomachines will be created, if they can be created at all.”

    And my thinking process was….but naturalists believe this incredible complexity just happened from mindless chemicals combining in just the right way all on their own. Takes incredible faith to believe something like that.

    The evidence for design in the universe and design in life is tremendous. When combined with the big questions of life, God is the most reasonable and logical answer.

    J Warner Wallace did a good post on this topic a few weeks ago:

    How Did the Universe Come Into Being?
    Why Does There Appear to Be Design (Fine Tuning) in the Universe?
    How Did Life Originate?
    Why Does There Appear to Be Evidence of Intelligence in Biology?
    How Did Human Consciousness Come Into Being?
    Where Does Free Will Come From?
    Why Are Humans So Contradictory in Nature?
    Why Do Transcendent Moral Truths Exist?
    Why Do We Believe Human Life to be Precious?
    Why Does Pain, Evil and Injustice Exist in Our World?

    Read full article here…


  3. You forgot the crucial quote, WK;

    “During the dig, paleintologists found LB1’s remains. At the time, they reported finding a ring, suspected to be gold. As lead researcher, Martin Schweitz, picked up the piece of jewlery, he disappeared from sight for a split-second. The team reported hearing the heavy beat of hooves and an inhumanly high-pitched shriek, followed by visions of black robed, ghost-like warriors.”


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