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Aussie researchers shed light on human evolution.

ISLAMABAD -- Australian and international researchers have shed light on human evolution, potentially proving once and for all the hobbit was not a sick human.

An international team of scientists, led by the University of Wollongong found a lower right jaw fragment and six milk teeth from at least one adult and two children on the Indonesian island of Flores, and dated to be at least 700,000 years old, Xinhua reported.

The researchers argue the remains are descended from Homo erectus, suggesting an evolutionary reversal where human bodies, including brains, shrunk.

This find has important implications for our understanding of early human dispersal and evolution in the region and quashes once and for all any doubters that believe Homo floresiensis was merely a sick modern human (Homo sapiens), lead researcher, University of Wollongong archaeologist

Dr Gert van den Bergh said in a statement.

It is conceivable that the tiny Homo floresiensis evolved its miniature body proportions during the initial 300,000 years on Flores, and is thus a dwarfed side lineage that ultimately derives from Homo erectus.

It is also possible that this lineage pre-dates the first hominin arrival on Flores, implying speciation occurred on a stepping-stone island between Asia and Flores, such as Sulawesi.

The scientists believe the early hobbit - a dwarf-like ancient relative of modern man, standing at just one meter tall - was marooned on the island that has only a simple ecosystem, thus having such a big brain was not needed.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Jun 10, 2016
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