Homo floresiensis

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Related to Homo floriensis: Australopithecus, Neanderthal

Homo flo·re·si·en·sis

An extinct species or form of diminutive hominin known from a skull and other fossil remains found on Flores Island, Indonesia, dating from about 95,000 to 17,000 years ago. It has been nicknamed the Hobbit, or Flores man. Although it has been suggested that the bones are those of modern humans with a pathological condition such as microcephaly, most scientists believe that they represent a hominin species descended either from Homo erectus or from an earlier species of Homo.

[New Latin Homō floresiēnsis, species name : Latin homō, man; see Homo + New Latin floresiēnsis, of Flores.]
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Thus engendered is a fascinating disquisition on this invention, ending with the 2004 discovery of Homo Floriensis, a meter-tall race of humans in Flores, Indonesia, in a chapter that beggars summary.
The creatures, given the name Homo floriensis, were thought to have lived on the island as recently as 12,000 years ago.