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Japanese scientists say hobbits are island dwarfs

MORE EVIDENCE:The insular dwarfism theory is not new, but the team said it can further back it by a simulation of populations of modern humans today


These show that the scaling down of Homo floresiensis’ brain, in line with its tiny body, is entirely possible.

“New models of the brain-size reduction in the evolution of Homo floresiensis ... show [a] more significant contribution of scaling effect than previously claimed,” according to the paper that appeared in the British journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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