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n This book the revised version, dated 2007 tells the story of the discovery of Homo floresiensis hobbit remains on the island of Flores, the analyses to discover who these people were and what relationship they had with Homo sapiens, and the jealous scientists who tried to undermine the discoverers credibility and who damaged the fossils.
This book covers the fossils themselves as well as the history of human, hobbit, crop, and animal arrivals and extinctions on the island It also discusses the modern day people of Flores and their lifestyle.
A quote from the book, The most important find in paleoanthropology for 50 years In parts, there seems to be a little too much emphasis on the politics and wranglings between the International Indonesian labs but the arguments against genetic morthology are solid and well explained meaning we do indeed have a new human who incredibly lived until 12,000 years ago How equally incredible that JRR Tolkien s masterpiece has been echoed to some extent in this scientific find, even down to the Hobbits large feet and fire breathing dragons the Komodos which lived on the island of Flores Tolkien would have been lost for words Interesting account of the unearthing of a new species of human Great over view of man s progression and the geologic forces that have shaped the stage where our lives and those of our very distant ancestors were lived out on I was aware of the internecine conflicts that exist in academia, but it was distressing nevertheless In addition to rivals who debunked the meanings of the find to protect their own egos, there was also political maneuvering as elders in the Indonesian government tried to jockey for position True brilliance, creativity, and originality are never given the latitude to soar with the eagles Rather they are pecked relentlessly by turkeys Some scientists become rigid in their adherence to a particular paradigm and torque the findings to conform with their particular bias Due to misplaced national pride, the remains were confiscated and damaged while One of the most interesting and thought provoking books I have read in some time.
It wasn t that startling or strange Most of the book is the author discussing why he believes it s part of the homo lineage and his fights for the credit and rights of the discovery Yet another reminder for why I try to avoid academia.
¹ A New Human: The Startling Discovery and Strange Story of the "Hobbits" of Flores, Indonesia Ã I found the actual discovery and science interesting The politics of the situation bored me I skimmed through large sections looking for the next chunk to grab me.
Fantastic summary of the research leading up to, during and post discovery of the Hobbit Homo floriensis A testament to Morwood and his team.