Showing posts with label Homo floresiensis. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Homo floresiensis. Show all posts

Monday, August 13, 2012

New Human Species Gives Bigfoot More Plausibility

Multiple hominids lived side by side and even interacted with each other
"There was plenty of opportunities ecologically to accommodate more than one hominid species."
-- Fred Spoor at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany

Scientist are becoming more interested in the possibility multiple hominids living side-by-side. A drastic contradiction to the old theory that there was only room for one hominid at a time, each one replacing the former. New fossil evidence increasingly tells us that there were many more hominid species then we first assumed and it is likely they lived side-by-side.

This side-by-side hominid interests began to catch fire with the Hobbit (Homo floresiensis) and has gained further traction as new hominids are discovered to coexist. Dr. Jeff Meldrum, an anthropology professor at Idaho State University suggests the advent of new coexisting hominids gives greater weight to the possibility  of a modern relict hominoid living among us. Dr. Meldrum recently shared as much earlier this year during his presentation in Richland, WA. (See the short excerpt from Dr. Meldrum's presentation below.)

The multi-hominids coexisting trend continues as recently as this month (August 2012). A article reports a possible newly discovered human species may have roamed the planet at the same time Homo erectus and Homo habilis.

New Flat-Faced Human Species Possibly Discovered

Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor
New fossils from the dawn of the human lineage suggest our ancestors may have lived alongside a diversity of extinct human species, researchers say.
Although modern humans, Homo sapiens, are the only human species alive today, the world has seen a number of human species come and go. Other members perhaps include the recently discovered "hobbit" Homo floresiensis.
The human lineage, Homo, evolved in Africa about 2.5 million years ago, coinciding with the first evidence of stone tools. For the first half of the last century, conventional wisdom was that the most primitive member of our lineage was Homo erectus, the direct ancestor of our species. However, just over 50 years ago, scientists discovered an even more primitive species of Homo at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania they dubbed Homo habilis, which had a smaller brain and a more apelike skeleton.
Now fossils between 1.78 million and 1.95 million years old discovered in 2007 and 2009 in northern Kenya suggest that early Homo were quite a diverse bunch, with at least one other extinct human species living at the same time as H. erectus and H. habilis.
"Two species of the genus Homo, our own genus, lived alongside our direct ancestor, Homo erectus, nearly 2 million years ago," researcher Meave Leakey at the Turkana Basin Institute in Nairobi, Kenya, told LiveScience.
The bottom line is, as academia finds more and more hominids living side by side in the past, it may not be such a far stretch for them to contemplate it is still happening today.

You can read more details of the possible new species at


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

EXTINCT? Episode 2: Orang-Pendek vs. the Hobbit

Still frame from Extinct? Episode 2 - Indonesia
"...eyewitnesses have again described the Orang-Pendak as being completely covered in hair, with extensive musculature developments. Homo Floresiensis in comparison, is much weaker." -- Adam Davies

Those guys at have done it again. As you recall we announced the first episode of "Extinct?" back in late Feb, they have produced another video with the same charm and clear narrative as the first. (See New Independent Yeti Documentary Shows Promise )

Read an excerpt from the Video below:

EXTINCT? - Episode 2 - INDONESIA - The Search For Little Foot (2012)
Special thanks to Adam Davies
Written, directed, narrated by Ro Sahebi
In the jungles of Indonesia, discoveries are being made. Could this be the missing link we've been looking for? Homo Floresiensis and Orang-Pendek are all the rage in primatology and anthropology. We get a little help in the episode from the Orang-Pendek goto guy, Adam Davies (MonsterQuest, Is it Real?). 
The Bigfoot Report

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Hobbits 'are a separate species'

It has been accepted by two separate studies that Homo floresiensis is indeed a separate species!

This is delightful news. Although it does not necessarily prove Bigfoot is possible, it definitely supports that Bigfoot is possible.

One of the primary theories of bigfoot is the species may have a common ancestor with a modern day primate. This is exactly the case with Homo floresiensis approx 1 million years ago. The theory is not completely fleshed out, but the common ancestor may have been Homo erectus .

reported by the BBC is the following...

Hobbits 'are a separate species'

The Hobbit's foot is in many ways quite primitive
Scientists have found more evidence that the Indonesian "Hobbit" skeletons belong to a new species of human - and not modern pygmies.

The one metre (3ft) tall, 30kg (65lbs) humans roamed the Indonesian island of Flores, perhaps up to 8,000 years ago.

Since the discovery, researchers have argued vehemently as to the identity of these diminutive people.

Two papers in the journal Nature now support the idea they were an entirely new species of human.

The team, which discovered the tiny remains in Liang Bua cave on Flores, contends that the population belongs to the species Homo floresiensis - separate from our own grouping Homo sapiens .

They argue that the "Hobbits" are descended from a prehistoric species of human - perhaps Homo erectus - which reached island South-East Asia more than a million years ago.

Over many years, their bodies most likely evolved to be smaller in size, through a natural selection process called island dwarfing, claim the discoverers, and many other scientists.

However, some researchers argued that this could not account for the Hobbit's chimp-sized brain of almost 400 cubic cm - a third the size of the modern human brain.

Original article at BBC News Worls America
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