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Small Wonders: Tiny islanders elevate 'hobbit' debate

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12:47pm, March 12, 2008

Randy Newman once jokingly sang that "short people got no reason to live." But he never met the extinct, half-sized humans found in the South Pacific that, long after their deaths, have now entered a heated scientific debate. The debate began over a previous set of fossils found in Indonesia and hailed by their discoverers as a new species of scaled-down human ancestors.

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