Hoobit or early humans Homo floresiensis living on Flores island 18 thousand years ago appeared to have larger brain volume than previous estimates. Scientists said the findings add new evidence that the hobbit is a unique species of early humans.
Reported Nbcnews, 18 thousand-year-old fossils of Homo floresiensis species was first discovered in the islands of Flores, Indonesia in 2003. When found, the hobbit has approximately 3 feet tall.
Scientists showed that the hobbit is a unique branch of the human lineage Homo. Possibility hobbit is a descendant of Homo erectus, which is an early ancestor of modern humans.
However, some other researchers argue that the hobbit is another species of humans who have close kinship with modern humans. It looks at the microcephaly, which is a condition in which the hobbit has abnormally small head, small body and some mental retardation.
By using scanning (scan) high resolution, scientists found out that the brain hobit have greater volume, 426 cubic centimeters. It’s bigger than previous findings with volume 400 cubic centimeters. As a comparison to modern humans have a brain volume of 1,300 cubic centimeters.
“This study does not prove who the actual ancestral species Homo floresiensis. This removes most important concern related to the model, which assumes an ancestral species Homo erectus,” said Yousuke Kaifu, researchers from the National Museum of Nature and Science, Japan.