Homo floresiensis

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Mike Morwood and Thomas Sutikna are the scientists behind the discovery of a new species of human, Homo floresiensis, which was subsequently nicknamed the "hobbit".

Liang Bua excavation - 2003 (Photo: Mike Morwood).

1 Million year old volcanic deposit overlying a fossil soil containing an en-situ stone tool artefact (below hand), Wolo Sege Site (Photo: Brent Alloway).

Same 1-million year old stone artefact (bifacial flake) as in Photo 6 (Photo: Brent Alloway).

Mata Menge excavation site, So’a Basin, central Flores, Indonesia. Here stone tools with associated with fossil animal remains have been found that have a strong resemblance to stone tools associated with Homo floresiensis remains at Liang Bua (Photo: Brent Alloway).

View of the So'a Basin, central Flores (Photo: Brent Alloway).

Inerie Volcano (2245-m), Flores, Indonesia (Photo: Brent Alloway).

Another 1-million year old stone artefact (radial core-stone), Mata Go site (Photo: Brent Alloway).

Well preserved remains of a large animal entombed in a clay-rich lahar deposit, Boa Lesa, So's Basin, Flores (Photo: Brent Alloway).

Mike Morwood and Thomas Sutikna in Ruteng, Indonesia (Photo: Brent Alloway).

2012 archaeological excavation at Liang Bua, west-central Flores, Indonesia. The excavation back-wall indicates multiple human occupation levels. The plastic bags with pins on the excavation floor indicate the location of scattered stone artefacts and fossil remains (Photo: Brent Alloway).

Ongoing (2012) archaeological excavations at Liang Bua cave, west-central Flores, Indonesia. Here in 2003, a new Hominin species (Homo floresiensis) was unearthed by a team of Australian & Indonesian archaeologists (Photo: Brent Alloway).

2012 archaeological excavation at Liang Bua, west-central Flores, Indonesia. The excavation back-wall indicates multiple human occupation levels. The plastic bags with pins on the excavation floor indicate the location of scattered stone artefacts and fossil remains (Photo: Brent Alloway).

Ambolobo Volcano, central Flores (Photo: Brent Alloway).

Brent Alloway and Ruly Setiawan (Indonesian PhD student) sampling volcanic material from the Liang Bua excavations, August, 2012.

Reconstruction of the type specimen of Homo floresiensis (LB1) – a c. 30 year old female who stood 1.06-m (3 ft 6 inches) in height. Image courtesy of Elisabeth Daynès (©2009, S. Plailly/E. Daynès - Reconstruction Atelier Daynès Paris).

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