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There Are no Hobbits

One of the coolest archeological finds of the last dozen years, isn't.

by
Stephen Green

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August 7, 2014 - 9:00 am

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From LaboratoryEquipment.com:

In October 2004, excavation of fragmentary skeletal remains from the island of Flores in Indonesia yielded what was called “the most important find in human evolution for 100 years.” Its discoverers dubbed the find Homo floresiensis, a name suggesting a previously unknown species of human.

In the first place, they write, the original figures for cranial volume and stature are underestimates, “markedly lower than any later attempts to confirm them.” Eckhardt, Henneberg and other researchers have consistently found a cranial volume of about 430 milliliters (26.2 cubic inches).

“The difference is significant, and the revised figure falls in the range predicted for a modern human with Down syndrome from the same geographic region,” Eckhardt said.

The original estimate of 3.5 feet for the creature’s height was based on extrapolation combining the short thighbone with a formula derived from an African pygmy population. But humans with Down syndrome also have diagnostically short thighbones, Eckhardt said.

I liked the idea of Hobbits sharing an Indonesian island with King Kong, but apparently he isn’t real either.

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Cross-posted from Vodkapundit

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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The orcs are real, they walk among us today. They bomb, behead kill at will. We know them to be human, but they don't believe what we believe; that life is precious and should be preserved.
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Piltdown Man, the Piltdown Chickens, and now Piltdown Hobbit.
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"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort."

Hobbits are Southerners.

Or, Northerners.

Hobbits are those who strike out on their own to do what they can to fight for what is right.

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"Hobbits are those who strike out on their own to do what they can to fight for what is right."

Or they're just sung about by Mr. Spock... ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGF5ROpjRAU
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Anyone who will quote the first paragraph of "The Hobbit" just because hobbits were mentioned is welcome to come sit by me anytime!
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Well, that's not accurate.

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Sorry. I got a bit carried away.

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Keep it up, Mandy, and you ARE going to be carried away!

;-)

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So how 'bout a story blaring this headline:

"Mythbusted!! Out of Africa Meme Shredded!"

Still waiting to see that one on PJM, even though it's now accepted fact among geneticists.
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Durn, now about those orcs...
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The orcs are real, they walk among us today. They bomb, behead kill at will. We know them to be human, but they don't believe what we believe; that life is precious and should be preserved.
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Neanderthal is also consistent with modern humans.
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