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Researchers from Stony Brook University Medical Center in New York have confirmed that Homo floresiensis is a genuine ancient human species and not a descendant of healthy humans dwarfed by disease. Using statistical analysis on skeletal remains of a well-preserved female specimen, researchers determined the "hobbit" to be a distinct species and not a genetically flawed version of modern humans.
Originally posted by UmbraSumus
So modern humans may of encountered them before populating the Australian Continent, i.e moving through the Indonesian archipelago?
What ancestor do we share in common with Florensiensis?
And this small stature was a reaction to evolutionary pressures associated with being confined to an island ?