Wrist bones said to distinguish hobbits

New fossils enter debate over tiny humanlike species that lived in Indonesia

By Bruce Bower, 14:51 PM January 9, 2013

Three new hobbit wristbones unearthed on the Indonesian island of Flores support the contested idea that these half-sized individuals belonged to a species called Homo floresiensis, scientists conclude in a paper published online January 4 in the Journal of Human Evolution. The new finds, as well as the wrist of a previously reported hobbit skeleton, differ markedly from human wrists, says a team led by anthropologist Caley M. Orr of Stony Brook University in New York. Hobbits’ wrists limite...

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