A New Human: The Startling Discovery and Strange Story of the "Hobbits" of Flores, Indonesia, Updated Paperback Edition
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A New Human: The Startling Discovery and Strange Story of the "Hobbits" of Flores, Indonesia, Updated Paperback Edition

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In the most revolutionary archaeological find of the new century, an international team of archaeologists led by Mike Morwood discovered a new, diminutive species of human on the remote Indonesian island of Flores. Nicknamed the “Hobbit,” this was no creation of Tolkien's fantasy. The three foot tall skeleton with a brain the size of a chimpanzee’s was a tool-using, fire-m...more
Paperback, 287 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Left Coast Press (first published May 8th 2007)
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Christopher H.
This book is a very quick read at just a couple of hundred pages, and while this was an interesting account of the discovery of the small diminutive fossil Homo floresiensis in the Liang Bua limestone cave on the Indonesian island of Flores, the book is largely a description of the controversy that erupted among members of the academic community regarding the interpretation and role of the floresiensis fossils in better understanding hominin evolution. In fact, upon finishing the book, I still r...more
Claudia
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 t...more
Shauna
Jan 04, 2011 Shauna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in human evolution
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...more
Tippy Jackson
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.
David Haverstick
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.
Luke Kirkwood
Fantastic summary of the research leading up to, during and post discovery of the Hobbit (Homo floriensis). A testament to Morwood and his team.
Jeremy Begley
One of the most interesting and thought provoking books I have read in some time.
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