Mystery man-Hobbit. Online

Mysterious discovery that no it does not fit in the modern history of human development. Homo floresiensis (Man-hobbit) — a completely new kind of people

Australian anthropologists have presented the reconstruction of the woman's face, "the hobbit." Representatives of the now extinct species Homo floresiensis.

Susan Hayes, an anthropologist with expertise in forensic science, has spent his colleagues to recreate the look of "The Hobbit" and more than a year on the Australian archaeological conference presented the results — we saw the face of a woman who at the age of thirty years, had a growth of only 90 cm in body weight from 30 to 35 kg. When paleontologists first found the remains of such unusual, they thought by some congenital anomaly, but was soon followed by new finds and it turned out that it was not a characteristic: a previously unknown species of human. Immediately received the popular name "hobbit" — a reference to the fictional beings from the "Lord of the Rings" and Eddie Cochran.

Despite the marked difference in size, the scientists reconstructed image of women seems pretty close — it's not a female monkey, and it was a woman. With a low forehead, a small distance between the eyes, broad face — but it's still a person, not a prosimian (which is the same woman appears in the early reconstructions). It is assumed that the "hobbits" were the descendants of Homo erectus, Homo erectus, which evolved into a separate species on the island of Flores in Indonesia, and their brains were at least two and a half times smaller than ours, but at the same time had a fairly well-developed temporal cortex (responsible for the association and memory). Hobbits may well qualify for reasonableness and, if not a volcanic eruption 12,000 years ago, they would have chance to survive to the present day. Archaeologists have found their parking subjects between the ages of 95 thousand years, so that Homo floresiensis is not a curiosity of short evolution.

According to researchers from the University of Vullonvongskogo, technique, of course, is not correct to call the reconstruction, and some approximation. However, it is not fiction, as the combination is well-preserved skulls with knowledge of the general principles of anatomy allows you to get if not perfect, it is satisfactory enough resemblance to the original. Criminologists use this method to determine the appearance of people whose remains were found with no soft tissues of the head, historians restore portraits of prominent figures of the deep past, and for specialists in historical anthropology and did it the only way to face the object of his research. One of the most well-known developers such reconstruction methods, by the way, our compatriot Mikhail Gerasimov

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