A New Human: The Startling Discovery and Strange Story of the "Hobbits" of Flores, Indonesia, Updated Paperback Edition

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Overview

In the most revolutionary archaeological find of the new century, an international team of archaeologists led by Mike Morwood discovered a new, diminutive species of human on the remote Indonesian island of Flores. Nicknamed the “Hobbit,” this was no creation of Tolkien's fantasy. The three foot tall skeleton with a brain the size of a chimpanzee’s was a tool-using, fire-making, cooperatively hunting person who inhabited Flores alongside modern humans as recently as 13,000 years ago. This book is Morwood’s description of this monumental discovery and the intense study that has been undertaken to validate his view of its relationship to our species. He chronicles the bitter debates over Homo Floresiensis, the objections (some spiteful) of colleagues, the theft and damage of some of the specimens, and the endless battle against government and academic bureaucracies that hindered his research. This updated paperback edition contains an epilogue that reports on the most recent debates, findings, and analyses of this amazing discovery.

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"Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries." —Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598744149
  • Publisher: Left Coast Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2009
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Pages: 287
  • Sales rank: 1,326,202
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Prologue vii

1 In the Footsteps of the Father 1

2 Stories from Cold Cave 31

3 Planning the Project 56

4 A Body of Evidence 79

5 The Devil of Dogma 100

6 Out of Asia 117

7 Islands in the Evolutionary Stream 154

8 The Reaction 183

9 Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue 210

Epilogue 237

Acknowledgments 247

References 251

About The Authors 257

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