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(Permalink) Posted: April 30 2009,08:54   

Watched the PBS Nova program called "Alien From Earth" about Homo floresiensis, the "hobbit" fossils found in Indonesia.  The debate rages on about whether they are a separate species, but further research seems to support this.  Comparison with other human ancestors raises the possibility that H. floresiensis may be descended from australopithecines (like Lucy) rather than Homo erectus as earlier speculated.  If so, this is the first evidence of migration out of Africa of anything pre H. erectus.

There is a good article on this in The New York Times.

"[A scientific theory] describes Nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense. And it agrees fully with experiment. So I hope you can accept Nature as She is - absurd."
- Richard P. Feynman

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