June 01, 2006
Hobbit Update

The Washington Post today carried this article summarizing new discoveries about the Flores "hobbit people". This time, scientists claim to have discovered much older tools which closely resemble those found with the skeletal remains discovered last year. This is supposed to strengthen the claim that a) the hobbits made the tools and b) they've been on the island a long time.

Predictably, the usual suspects are completely unconvinced. They note the artifact's provenance (where it was found and what that means) is confused if not ruined outright, and so the tool find proves nothing.

More as it develops...

Posted by scott at June 01, 2006 08:20 AM

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So do the hobbits live in holes?

Posted by: Mark on June 1, 2006 10:37 AM

The original fossils were found in a cave, so I guess the answer is "yes". Just not quite as cozy as Bilbo's digs.

Posted by: scott on June 1, 2006 10:51 AM
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