Tiny people or real-life hobbits inhabited the world before the arrival of humans

Anita Durairaj

Homo floresiensis, or the Flores Man was also nicknamed the Hobbit for his tiny stature. The species of Homo floresiensis were humanoids who lived anywhere from 60,000 to 190,000 years ago.

Scientists were inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy land creature, the Hobbit when they provided a nickname to the species of Homo floresiensis. Within the scientific community, the species of Homo floresiensis came to be known as real-life hobbits.

The remains of these real-life hobbits were found on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003. There was much debate among scientists about the status of these human-like species. The hobbits were characterized by short stature and initially, scientists believed that they were just "short humans."

However, the hobbits were not just short, they also had small bodies and small brains. They were very skilled at making stone tools.

Physically, the hobbits looked primitive compared to humans but their behavior and skills were considered to be advanced.

Thus, it was determined that these real-life hobbits should be placed on a separate branch of the human evolutionary tree.

The hobbits disappeared around the time that modern humans came into the area. It is believed that modern humans evolved about 50,000 years ago so the hobbits predated the arrival of humans.

However, some scientists believe that there might have been some overlap between the two species and it is possible that hobbits and humans shared the Earth at one time.

Interaction of the hobbits with humans might have led to their own extinction.

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