The Hobbit's teeth and skull were most similar to those of "Java Man," according to the researchers. What is extraordinary is that this means Hobbits, over a relatively short period of time, shrank in stature from about 5'6" tall to 3'6", while their brains more than halved in size, going from about 29 ounces to just over 14 ounces.
The Hobbits were around for quite a while, too.
"There are stone tools as old as one million years ago on Flores," Kaifu said, adding that further analysis of them could shed more light on when the Hobbits first arrived on the island.
It is believed that the Hobbits went extinct around 13,000 years ago, but their fate is as mysterious as that of Neanderthals.
"I think it is quite possible that they met with early modern humans, who expanded from Africa into Australia around 50,000 years ago," Kaifu said.
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