The smallest human species that ever lived, Homo floresiensis, was astonishing in several ways. It thrived on an isolated Indonesian island from at least 95,000 until 17,000 years ago, outlasting even the burly Neanderthals; nicknamed the hobbit, it stood only about three feet tall and had a puny brain, yet it hunted and crafted stone tools. Fossils of H. floresiensis, discovered in 2003, contradicted the accepted theory that size and strength steadily increased as humans evolved. Physical anthropologist William Jungers of Stony Brook University in New York is now studying the remains of these hobbit people.
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