If you look at the universe and study the universe, what you find is that there is no evidence that we need anything other than the laws of physics and the other laws of science to explain everything we see. There's absolutely no evidence that we need any supernatural hand of god. -- Lawrence Krauss, World-Renowned Physicist
There is probably no other notion in any field of science that has been as extensively tested and as thoroughly corroborated as the evolutionary origin of living organisms. -- Encyclopedia Britannica
FAITH. No one word personifies the absolute worst and most wicked properties of religion better than that. Faith is mind-rot. It’s the poison that destroys critical thinking, undermines evidence, and leads people into lives dedicated to absurdity. It’s a parasite regarded as a virtue. -- PZ Myers
Religion is the antithesis of science, an anesthetic for the mind that disables critical thought and encourages the acceptance of inanity as fact, and wishful thinking as evidence. -- PZ Myers

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

New evidence shows Homo floresiensis, who went extinct only 17,000 years ago, were an unique human species.

Homo floresiensis - the most recent living human relative

According to today's New York Times at Hobbits’ Size Not Likely Linked to Growth Disorders new research convincingly shows these three feet tall creatures with a smaller brain and the ability to walk upright were an unique human-like species who lived at the same time as our species as recently as 17,000 years ago.

Why did they go extinct? I'm betting when modern humans encountered them on their Indonesian island those people thought here was something that might be good to eat and very easy to hunt and kill. It's too bad. If they still lived today I can't imagine anything more interesting.

For more information please see Homo floresiensis was a one metre tall, human-like creature living and using tools in Indonesia just 18 000 years ago and was a distinct species, not just a malformed modern human. The so-called hobbit had wrist bones almost identical to those found in early hominins and modern chimpanzees, and so must have diverged from the human lineage well before modern humans and Neanderthals arose.

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