EASY READING CULTURE OF LIFE NEWS: HOBBIT SKULL CONFIRMED AS NONHUMAN « Culture of Life News 2
I have written about the wonderful Flores Hobbit skeleton found in Indonesia. I knew from the first moment I saw the skull, this was truly a separate, earlier species of homobilis-type pre-human and it seems these wonderful relations of ours co-habited Indonesia’s dense jungles long after homo sapiens, the murderous apes, took over. It is eternally tragic that these lovely forest-dwellers are now extinct. But then, we are extinguishing the last of the Great Ape communities. Anyway, the debate about the ‘hobbit skull’ is pretty much done and yes, it is a distinct species related to us.
Scientists analysing a ‘hobbit’-sized skull found five years ago have claimed that it is not human.
The fossil was discovered in Indonesia and named Homo floresiensis, or ‘hobbit’, but its species was not known.
Now researchers at the Department of Anatomical Sciences at Stony Brook University claim the shape of skull is consistent with a scaled-down human ancestor but not with modern humans, Science Daily reports.
They used 3-D shape analysis to study the size, shape and asymmetry of the cranium.
They compared it with other extinct homini species as well as with modern humans and apes.
Once again, I am very pleased. Here are two previous stories I wrote about this:
I finally had time today to sit down and examine the “hobbit” skull. I draw a lot of faces and use photos and other items to study how faces are built upon the bones below. I took one look at the Hobbit’s skull and it was immediately obvious it is not any homo sapiens. So I drew on top of it, following the contours. Meet the shy dweller deep in her lush forest as she leaves her Hobbit hole.
The scientists who revealed this astonishing find are very aggravated that news stories ran all over the place yesterday “debunking” their find. I was very angry about those stories, too, for there was no hard data to back up the contentions that this wonderful creature was just “a diseased human.”
When I discussed in an email that the other finds of Homo floresiensis were being ignored, Alan Mann, professor of anthropology at Princeton University, reinforced Martin’s point of view in an online reply: “I am aware of the other, very fragmentary materials, but they show nothing of the features that would distinguish these guys from the very small living locals.”
Peter Brown, however, denounces this in an exclusive to Cryptomundo, and says critics should be asked “to point you at a human mandible with the same features as those from Liang Bua. Claiming that they have the same features as small local people is simply untrue.”
In October 2005, in Nature, Mike Morwood’s team described more fossil remains, including a mandible, arm and other similarly small bones from nine individuals. Two mandibles also share dental features and lack of a chin, a portion of the jaw common to all Homo sapiens regardless of size.
“We can now reconstruct the body proportions of H. floresiensis with some certainty,” the researchers wrote in the Oct. 11 online issue of the journal Nature. “The finds further demonstrate the LB1 … is not just an aberrant or pathological individual but is representative of a long-term population.”
I agree with them. My artist’s eye which studies human faces closely all the time is strongly struck by the differences within the face of this….shy forest dweller.
First: the eye orbits are huge! As a proportion of the skull, much much larger than homo sapiens! Here is a classic microcephalic skull.
The orbits of the shy forest dwelling hobbit are huge while the microcephalic skull keeps the orbs in proportion to the face, unlike the hobbit, the face is scrunched up whereas the hobbit’s face is open and clear with a long upper lip/nose and no chin whereas the human has a very sharp, obvious chin!
Here is a human skull and neandertal skull side by side.
Neither has huge eye orbs! Neither looks remotely like the hobbit. And both dwarf the hobbit’s skull. The primitive tools found with the hobbit look like Archaean period tools not the later Stone Age tools, the hobbit’s brains were smaller than homo sapiens or other near relatives but packed in more social/tool using skills than any of the older members of the Great Ape families.
Here is a homo erectus skull.Note how much more great apian it looks! Like a gorilla. Not like the hobbit’s skull which looks more like small forest dwelling monkey skulls. Yet it is certainly very close to us, genetically. Much closer than the chimpanzee. The genetic differences were probably extremely small, less than 0.5%.
Also the teeth are not sharp. The jaw is wider at the hinge than ours probably for chewing on hard to chew plants and nuts. But a chimpanzee can rip a human apart with their sharp fangs, this gentle creature couldn’t cause us much fear or harm!
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Here is my scale of comparison. It is plainly obvious that the hobbit skull has some very strong non-homo sapiens aspects to it. The orbs are the same size as ours yet the head is much smaller plus the shape is totally different, the orbs being nearly totally round in the forest dweller and in humans, this oval shape that has a cruel edge to it’s formation. Sagging downwards from the nose.
The noses are totally different. Humans have a bridge whereas the hobbit doesn’t. The top of the nostrils in humans has a sharp upwards tilt while in the hobbit, this is missing entirely. The nose opening is the same size for both with the hobbit perhaps somewhat larger, again, a small human would have a small opening there.
The cheekbones stick out much sharper on the hobbit and no chin while it is the opposite in the human skull. Lastly, the tops of the heads are significantly different with probably the hobbit having more muscles attached to the top but not as many as the other Great Apes who have huge ridges there. This truly makes the hobbit well within the class of homo erectus-family groupings.
I really wish they were still running around in the forest, darting in and out of shafts of sunlight. What a tragedy they are no more!
It is so satisfying to be proven right! I said, after closely examining the Hobbit’s skull and drawing her face, this is a new creature. Not a diseased human. This has now been confirmed by further examinations of this lovely hobbit’s bones. I really wish they still lived on, deep in the jungles of Asia!
Many homo sapiens still refuse to understand evolution, understand how we turned into a specific species. They don’t want to believe that there were other humanoids on this planet. Instead, they want to believe in some sort of magical but very malicious gods created us out of various odds and ends like pieces of bone or mud. Yuck. Why such stories are considered to be ‘elevated’ always baffles me.
Nothing is stranger than and more marvelous than evolution! Evolution has many levels to it. Recently, people were posting links to stories about the possibility of a sudden ‘flip’ in the magnetic poles. I kept putting off, talking about this. Some people fear this will lead to mass extinctions. But it probably will not. What is required is a long term change in the environment. And one very specific thing: the babies, the young, the next generation dies.
A polar flip won’t do this because all species will be affected the same time and I don’t see a polar flip causing plants to die, oceans to shift or other mega-effects. It won’t take too many generations of migratory animals to incorporate the ‘flip’ since all of them depend on currents, wind directions and amount of sunlight, to find their way around.
For example, migratory birds can, by looking at the sun, know which is north and which is south. Also, they migrate north or south by tracking and following the prevailing winds. They have to wait until the wind is blowing south, in Fall. For example, and they have to judge when the winds are strong enough or it takes too much effort to fly.
I am much more worried about human depredation. We are a killer species. We even hate each other with amazing fury. We have been directly responsible for more extinctions than anything aside from a mega-caldera event or direct hit from a very large meteorite.
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