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Neither a hobbit nor a plasterer - just a woman who had a rare bone disease

The Hobbit find caused a sensation when it was announced in 2004

Avi Blizovsky

British scientists have presented evidence that the small human creature dubbed "the hobbit" may not be what it seems.

The researchers say their findings support the idea that the XNUMX-meter-tall female skeleton from Indonesia is a modern human who suffered from a disease. This is what the BBC website reports. The claims were broadcast tonight (Thursday) on the Horizon program on the BBC.

The hobbit explorers described them as a completely separate human species that evolved smaller dimensions in isolation on the remote island of Flores.

The bones were uncovered during excavations in Liang Boa, a limestone cave in the jungle of Flores. The discovery caused a sensation when it was announced to the world in 2004. Analysis of the remains of the 18-year-old skeleton showed that the hobbit had reached adulthood despite its tiny size. Long arms, a steep chin and other primitive features led researchers to think that she was a descendant of one of the extinct human species such as Homo erectus.

Homo polariensis, as the scientists prefer to call the creature, was thought to have discovered additional oddities such as a lower front molar with double roots, rather than a single one like in modern humans.

Recently Anne MacLarnon from the University of Roehampton in the United Kingdom discovered a human skull of a patient with microcephalic disease (small skull) in one of the warehouses of the Royal College of Surgeons whose brain matched that of the Hobbit. This showed that we could show an example of a disease that could explain the hobbit's small brain." said the researcher.

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And maybe the tiny person from Indonesia was just a sick individual

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