. . . Wednesday October 27, 2004

A Hobbit Among Us

Uh oh, they found real hobbits

In a breathtaking discovery, scientists working on a remote Indonesian island say they have uncovered the bones of a human dwarf species marooned for eons while modern man rapidly colonized the rest of the planet.

One tiny specimen, an adult female measuring about 3 feet tall, is described as “the most extreme” figure to be included in the extended human family. Certainly, she is the shortest.

This hobbit-sized creature appears to have lived as recently as 18,000 years ago on the island of Flores, a kind of tropical Lost World populated by giant lizards and miniature elephants.

I give it about three weeks until some descendants of this culture sue Peter Jackson for a cut of the The Lord of the Rings gross. They won’t get it. But maybe we’ll let them open up some casinos?

Concentration is important!