Scientists have stunned and amazed (primarily amazed, although some stunning
has been reported) the world with their discovery of a miniature human
species on the island of Flores, which is in the Java sea. Okay, that's in
the Indonesian area. We think. The species, given the name of
In fact, with a height of approximately three feet, the little people were
so short they had to stand up to sit down. Their little heads were the size
of grapefruits, and their brains were about a quarter of the size of homo
sapiens. In spite of this, Evidence shows that Flores Man - that's
what the hip scientists call them - made stone tools, mastered fire, and
organized hunts for meat.
Anthropologist Bernard Wood, who reviewed the research for George Washington
University, said "It is arguably the most significant discovery concerning
our own genus in my lifetime. These people were so short that they had to
take jobs standing on wedding cakes. Seriously. We are talking real small
here. They were so short they could run track around the toilet."