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The famous Flores hobbit looked a lot like the rest of us?

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That looks like a different story from the one we heard two weeks ago: “The claim that Flores man is a separate human species is being revived again”.

Here’s the Abstract of a differrent article, showing a reconstructed face:

Since being excavated in 2003, the skull of LB1 (the holotype of Homo floresiensis) has been given many faces, though the details regarding how each was accomplished are typically few. Here we detail our application of known, and verified, relationships between the skull and soft tissues of anatomically modern humans to produce an evidence-based facial approximation of LB1. We then compare our results to nine pre-existing LB1 faces using geometric morphometrics. These analyses suggest our facial approximation differs in proportional facial width, upper lip height and nasal morphology. Some of these differences are likely due to a different interpretation of taphonomic and excavation damage, application of different ‘forensic’ methods and/or an idiosyncratic incorporation of aspects of non-human primate morphology. Other differences, and in particular upper lip height, are less justifiable in relation to the skeletal evidence.

You don’t have to pay to see the reconstructed face, from an article in the Journal of Archaeological Science.

Yes, that’s the suggested face.

And you tell that woman, if you see her, that she left her glasses as the pharmacy counter at the Ottawa WalMart yesterday. I saw her walk out without them. – O’Leary for News

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