All posts tagged with Flores

New species of hominin from Luzon

5 minute read

The online journal Sapiens invited me to write up my thoughts about the announcement of Homo luzonensis yesterday. I do have more to say about this cool disc...

Hominin remains from Mata Menge, Flores

12 minute read

I was really excited yesterday to read about the work of Gerrit van den Bergh and colleagues at Mata Menge, where they have uncovered hominin fossil remains ...

Across the waters

1 minute read

Japanese tsunami debris has been arriving on the northwest coast of the United States, carrying exotic Asian marine species along for the ride. Earth magazin...

Storkicide

less than 1 minute read

I have to point to Robert Krulwich’s blog post, “Killer Storks Eat Human Babies”, about the giant extinct Maribou stork relatives of Flores.

Hobbit DNA hunt

1 minute read

Every so often, a reader asks me if I know any new rumors about DNA sampling of “Homo floresiensis”. I’m not holding out much hope for success given the trop...

A foot short

4 minute read

A single foot bone from a cave isn’t ordinarily very remarkable. But when it’s a funny-looking foot bone from a 67,000-year-old site on an island, that gets ...

Sketchbook

less than 1 minute read

Today’s sketchbook:

Earlier arrival of stone tools on Flores

2 minute read

A new paper is pushing back the time of initial occupation of Flores by hominins to at least 1.0 million years ago. Adam Brumm and colleagues (2010) are repo...

Stony Brook Flores symposium online

less than 1 minute read

A reader writes to let me know that the talks from the Stony Brook symposium on the Flores hominids are now available for streaming. I haven’t had a chance t...

The Hobbit Nova: "Alien from Earth"

11 minute read

I’m sitting down in front of the TV to live-blog the Nova episode on the Flores fossils, “Alien from Earth.” It has the typical Nova high production values. ...

Essay on the island rule

1 minute read

The web site for the Hobbit episode of Nova has opened. It let’s you e-mail questions for Mike Morwood, features some graphics with endocast scans and some v...

Hobbit Nova coming November 11

less than 1 minute read

On November 11, NOVA will present a new hour-long documentary on the hobbits, briefly described at the PBS website:

Liang Bua cave

less than 1 minute read

Another Flickr find, Liang Bua cave, by Rosino (Creative Commons Share-alike license)

Peter Brown refutes Flores filling claim

2 minute read

Homo floresiensis describer Peter Brown has kindly sent me a link to his own website, where he lays out evidence against the claims for recent dental work o...

Was Homo floresiensis the tooth fairy?

4 minute read

It's enough to drive me crazy. The rumor is that LB 1, the near-complete skeleton that serves as the type specimen of Homo floresiensis, may have evidence o...

What about Palau?

10 minute read

Lee Berger, Steve Churchill, Bonita De Klerk, and Rhonda L. Quinn have written a paper in PLoS ONE describing the skeletal remains of small-bodied humans re...

Mechanisms of development and body size

3 minute read

I'm just doing some background reading about the body size of pygmies (for both obvious and not-so-obvious reasons) and I thought it worth making a note of ...

A hard bolide to swallow?

3 minute read

For those of you who may be wondering what is wrong with paleoanthropology that we can't just resolve the hobbit problem, I can only say one thing: We are n...

Hobbit cretin FAQ

7 minute read

It's all over the news this week: Australian researchers Peter Obendorf, Charles Oxnard, and Ben Kefford claim that the Homo floresiensis skeleton LB 1 belo...

New Year's predictions, 2008 edition

5 minute read

It's that time of year again -- the time when those boring ``Year in Review'' magazines are on newsstands, and when pundits make fools of themselves predict...

How fast to Australia?

2 minute read

Science's Michael Balter reviews the recent Cambridge conference on "Global Origins and Development of Seafaring". The article begins with a suggestion th...

Tools of the hobbits

2 minute read

Julien Riel-Salvatore figures the Liang Bua "hobbit" tools aren't so complicated after all:

Hands down, palms forward

3 minute read

I've seen the "palms facing forward" quote in a few news reports about last week's Dmanisi postcrania paper. It's pretty nonsensical when you see it devoid ...

The Liang Bua report

3 minute read

Elizabeth Culotta's article on the Liang Bua conference appears in this week's Science. It's a real treat: around 2500 words worth of description of the pro...

A hobbit Internationale

less than 1 minute read

There was an international meeting in Indonesia about the Flores hominids last week, including scientific presentations and a visit to the cave. I have a re...

Another diagnosis for a hobbit

15 minute read

Israel Hershkovitz, Liora Kornreich, and Zvi Laron think they know the problem with Liang Bua 1. Almost 40 years ago, Laron began studying patients with a c...

Ancient DNA profile

3 minute read

An article by science writer Henry Nicholls in PLoS Biology covers a lot of ground. Most of the attention goes to Alan Cooper, with Svante Pääbo i...

Answers in the New York Times

3 minute read

So I was reading yesterday's total softball exhibition review in the New York Times, on the new Ken Ham-built Creation Museum:

Island hopping

4 minute read

This article from The Age lays out an ambitious excavation schedule for Mike Morwood and colleagues:

A guide to fantasy science

5 minute read

I'm about two-thirds of the way through Mike Morwood's new book, The Discovery of the Hobbit, and I'll be posting a review when I'm through. Generally, I ha...

Women in human evolution reviewed

1 minute read

James Adovasio, Olga Soffer and Jake Page have a new book entitled, The Invisible Sex: Uncovering the True Roles of Women in Prehistory. The authors are wel...

The island rule

5 minute read

Mark Lomolino has been one of the central figures in recent work on body size, energetics, and evolution -- especially with respect to the evolution of body...

Floresiensis presentations

4 minute read

I'm at the AAPA meetings in Philadelphia this week, which were preceded yesterday and today by the meetings of the Paleoanthropology Society.

Hobbit Idol

2 minute read

I felt like Ryan Seacrest Thursday morning, introducing papers about LB 1. There's not really anything new to report, but there were a few dust-ups. The aud...

New Year's predictions, 2007 edition

4 minute read

It's a hazardous business, making predictions -- all the moreso because New Year's predictions have a deadline. If they don't happen this year, well, that's...

Early Timor habitation at Jerimalai

2 minute read

Australia's The Age online has a story by Deborah Smith that gives a short report about excavations at Jerimalai rock shelter, East Timor:

Is this the end for Homo floresiensis?

14 minute read

The paper by Teuku Jacob and colleagues is being published in PNAS today. Today's papers haven't appeared yet, but the press release is available online at ...

Narrowing down Flores microcephaly

8 minute read

Well, I'm still writing from Zagreb, so I don't have a lot of time for review. But I do want to point out the new paper by Gary Richards in Journal of Evolu...

Mata Menge stone tools

8 minute read

Adam Brumm and colleagues (2006) describe the stone artifacts from the Mata Menge archaeological site on Flores. This site is one of several described by Mo...

Cryptomundo hobbit article

less than 1 minute read

Loren Coleman has an article on his Cryptozoo News with quotes from several of the major players, including Peter Brown.

Martin versus Falk on microcephaly

9 minute read

Science is carrying an exchange of technical comments about microcephaly and the endocast of LB1. Bob Martin and colleagues weigh in with an argument for why...

When Science comes a-linking

less than 1 minute read

I was reviewing my log files, and discovered that a lot of new readers are coming from Science magazine, which very kindly put me in their NetWatch feature ...

Wong Flores update

less than 1 minute read

Kate Wong has a post at the Scientific American blog about what's coming up with the Flores fossils.

"The Mystery of the Human Hobbit"

3 minute read

This show on the Discovery Channel (3/4/06) seems like it should have some promise -- at least compared to the National Geographic Explorer version from las...

Top archaeology stories of 2005

less than 1 minute read

I mentioned last month that the January issue of Discover had a list of the top 100 science stories of 2005 along with a short writeup about each. Now the m...

Tilting at absent Asian australopithecines

10 minute read

In Nature a couple of weeks ago, Robin Dennell and Wil Roebroeks had a provocative paper exploring the possibility that early humans (i.e. Homo erectus) ori...

New Year's predictions, 2006 edition

1 minute read

The weblog didn't start from zero a year ago; the sections related to my courses and the Flores files long predate that. But it has been a year since I star...

Is that a Jethro Tull song?

less than 1 minute read

January's Discover magazine came in the mail; it has a list of the top 100 science stories of 2005. There are several paleoanthropology-related stories that...

If it weren't for those meddling kids…

1 minute read

What accounts for the coincidence of Science publishing the LB1 microcephaly exchange in the same week that Nature published the new Liang Bua bones? I can ...

From one microcephalic to twenty

7 minute read

Falk et al. (2005a) compared the LB1 endocast to one microcephalic skull and concluded it didn't match. Now Jochim Weber and colleagues (2005) have compared...

News trickling about Liang Bua

1 minute read

I am seeing news reports this morning about this week's upcoming paper in Nature about the Homo floresiensis bones.

Flores update, October 2005

11 minute read

This week's Nature is carrying a paper by Morwood, Brown, and colleagues (2005) presenting additional skeletal material from Liang Bua as well as a commenta...

Hobbit backlash building

1 minute read

The BBC ran a show tonight (Thursday Sept. 22) on the Liang Bua discoveries from Flores; meanwhile BBC News is reporting a few more details about the pathol...

Flores interviews on NOVA scienceNOW

11 minute read

I hadn't run across it before, but PBS ran a segment on the Liang Bua fossils in April. There is a webpage where you can watch the TV segment. You can also ...

The World Summit on Evolution

4 minute read

On the Scientific American website, there is a long article by Michael Shermer (editor of Skeptic magazine), describing his trip to the World Summit of Evol...

A new Tangled Bank

less than 1 minute read

If you haven't seen it before, the Tangled Bank is a science carnival -- a compilation of weblog posts on science and medicine from some of the best online ...

Stalking the wild ebu gogo

6 minute read

In the current issue of Anthropology Today, there is a great article by Greg Forth (University of Alberta), covering the ebu gogo legend, and the impact of ...

Back to Rampasasa

2 minute read

Following up on an earlier post, Time Asia has a story on the Rampasasa "pygmies." After reading the article, my feeling is that paleoanthropology has, on b...

Welcome to "Higher Ground" listeners!

1 minute read

If you are coming by because you heard the address on WPR's "Higher Ground" with Jonathan Overby, let me wish you a warm welcome. Feel free to explore a bit...

Homo floresiensis on 60 minutes

5 minute read

This week's (May 1) 60 Minutes on CBS had a report on the hobbit. There is a story on the CBS News website that appears to be a rough transcript. Beware the...

Back to the drawing board?

7 minute read

I'm from Kansas, and proud of it. I am therefore one of the select few products of public education in Kansas who studies evolution, and in particular the e...

The Rampasasa Pygmy Somatology Expedition

2 minute read

The interest in the biology of human pygmies did not begin with the Liang Bua find; it's been going on for awhile. The symptoms include Cavalli-Sforza's edi...

Retractions dept.

1 minute read

...wherein I disavow any suggestion that LB1 or any of the Flores fossils are australopithecines.

AAPA Meetings 2005

less than 1 minute read

Now back from the meetings, I wanted to give my sincere thanks to all those who introduced themselves and had kind words about the weblog. I'm really glad ...

A show of "no support"

5 minute read

In an article about the controversy over the Liang Bua fossils, Rex Dalton of Nature inserts this non sequitur:

Have the hobbits been protsched?

3 minute read

USA Today has a feature article about the damage to the Liang Bua fossils upon their return from Yogyakarta. The article is available online, but the pictu...

The Ultimate Survivor!

6 minute read

OK, I was drawn in by the first few minutes, so I'm liveblogging the National Geographic show, "The Ultimate Survivor."

Can somebody find these hobbits a mommy?

4 minute read

More on the evolving story of the hobbit remains in this story (smh.com.au). Like most custody battles, the fight over these little guys is burning a lot o...

The Liang Bua debate, continued

8 minute read

Note: I wrote this post in 2005. We have learned much since then about the context of the Liang Bua fossils and archaeological record. These have changed the...