Humanity's Hobbit-Like Ancestor Is Way Older Than We Thought
A diminutive ancestor to modern humans lived in isolation in Indonesia, where it died out earlier than we thought.By Evan Thomas | March 30, 2016
It turns out modern humans have been alone longer than we thought. New research shows Homo floresiensis, the famous hobbit people of Indonesia, died out well before humans even started drawing on cave walls.
That's based on new excavations at a cave on Flores, an island in Indonesia where the species was first discovered in 2003.
The hobbits' skeletons suggest short stature, small brains and large feet. But they used tools, hunted animals and may have used fire.