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A New Human: The Startling Discovery and Strange Story of the "Hobbits" of Flores, Indonesia Hardcover – May 8, 2007
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Dr. Mike Morwood is a professor of anthropology at the University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales, Australia. In addition to his work in Indonesia, he is an expert in Australian Aboriginal rock art and the author of Visions from the Past: The Archaeology of Australian Aboriginal Art.
Penny Van Oosterzee has twice won Australia's prestigious Eureka Science Book Prize, and is the author of Dragon Bones: The Story of Peking Man and Where Worlds Collide: The Wallace Line.
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Massive ramifications ensue from such a discovery. Is this really a case of insular dwarfism, well-documented in the non-human world (where animals bigger than a rabbit on isolated islands tend to get considerably smaller over time), but never before in the `human' lineage? Or is it just a few medically-afflicted Homo sapien individuals? Is it really a different species? How long ago did they live? How did they die out? Did they have language? Did they have religion? Most of the current data and interpretations are presented in this book, although there has been some recent studies not presented in any detail, and of course there will be more to come. Tragically, some of the material has been damaged during research, due to bungling and politics.
The authors do an admirable job putting the find in its proper context.Read more ›
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Just what I was looking for in this category. Looking forward to more info. Thanks for the great condition of the book.Published on February 17, 2014 by bustamallard
What a book! A detailed account of the Liang Bua fossil find from the moments preceding the first expedition, during the discovery, and the aftermath of controversy that... Read morePublished on May 16, 2012 by Bee-Ba-Boo
Excellent book. You don't need to be an expert in paleoanthropology to understand the overall significance of what the author went through and what the new find of homo... Read morePublished on November 17, 2010 by DA
This book was outstanding. A good review of several basic tenets in paleoanthropology plus an intimate, detailed and frank description of the interaction and opinions of various... Read morePublished on February 22, 2010 by Richard Cavallaro
[Note: there is an updated version of this book at A New Human: The Startling Discovery and Strange Story of the "Hobbits" of Flores, Indonesia, Updated Paperback Edition]... Read morePublished on May 22, 2009 by Arnold
The story of Homo floresiensis, in and of itself, is incredible, but to read about it from a member of the original team makes for a compelling book. Read morePublished on September 24, 2007 by reader