No small feet

By Rebecca Priestley In Science

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29th November, 2012
At Te Papa in Wellington this week, two archaeologists will be talking about their discovery of Homo floresiensis, a new species of human from the eastern Indonesian island of Flores. In 2003, a team of Australian and Indonesian archaeologists unearthed the skeleton of a 1m-tall human from the cathedral-like Liang Bua cave. Remains of seven others, all with similarly small stature and unusually large feet, were found in the same cave. Arguments over whether Homo floresiensis was a distinct species – some researchers suggested the bones were remains of diseased Homo ...

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