Saturday, April 25, 2009
This article includes a photograph of the H. floresiensis remains (reproduced precisely as models from 3-D CT scans of the originals) with modern bones for comparison. This report on a new symposium also revisits the controversy: is this just a dwarfed modern human? The famed Richard Leakey says he is increasingly (though not yet definitively) convinced this is a new species, while anthropologist Dean Falk says the pathological explanation has been "dispensed with" from her view. She adds, "It's not just that their brains are small; they're differently shaped. It's its own species."