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Little People and a Lost World: An Anthropological Mystery

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  7 reviews
While conveying the excitement, importance, and history of the discovery of a diminutive—possibly human—species, this book demonstrates how interpretation of data can become embroiled in politics and scientific ego. It includes chapters on local folklore and the current status of the controversy. Epilogue, Glossary, Source Notes, Bibliography, Further Reading and Websites, ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Twenty-First Century Books (CT) (first published August 15th 2006)
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If you want the full story on Homo floresiensis - and you should, because it's thrilling and deeply strange - read Dean Falk's The Fossil Chronilces. But this short, simple intro - a heavily-illustrated 100 pages, written for younger readers - deserves the attention of us older people, because it's solidly researched, well-written, and packs in good stuff not just about the fossils, the brain-shape reconstructions, and the competing theories about where the "hobbit people" came from, but also a ...more
Emilio Arthur
This book is amazing. It tell you who the little people are and what world they were from. A team of archaeologists, anthropologists, and other specialists have been at work since June, excavating a cave in the western highlands. The team had been looking for ancient human remains, the evidences the might find would verify the teams' belief that earlier human species lived on a nearby Java. They also lived on Flores Island in the far distant past. the people that lived on Flores Island told the ...more
I enjoyed reading this book. I have to wonder how much a child, even an older child, would enjoy it before losing interest. It starts out interestingly enough, but by the halfway mark it devolves into some very political stuff. What happened (SPOILER ALERT) really equals heart breaking vandalism, but I don't know if most children 12 and under would understand.
This book, written for school-age students, is a quite basic overview of the 2003 Homo floresiensis find at Liang Bua cave on Flores Island (off Java, Indonesia). The book gave the background of the now-resolved microcephaly debate, information on the Ebu Gogo (Little People) folklore of the island and the possibility that floresiensis might possibly lived into historical times and thus provided the catalyst for the folklore, as well as some basic paleoanthropological information (Wallace Line, ...more
Interesting controversy. Looking for more current titles regarding homo floresiensis.
Interesting find, but still too many questions remain unanswered. Just goes to prove science will never have all of the answers.
Written for a middle school audience.
This book really appealed to me. It combines several of my favourite things: Indonesia, archeology, evolution, and hobbits.
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