Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Tiny islanders 'shrank to survive'

The bones of "small-bodied people" who lived on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean have been discovered by scientists who believe they may represent an unusual branch of the human family that grew progressively smaller.A team of palaeontologists discovered the remains - including a diminutive skull - in rock caves on the Micronesian island of Palau, about 600km from the Philippines to the west and Papua New Guinea to the south. The find is reminiscent of the discovery in 2004 of a group of humans, nicknamed "hobbits", in Indonesia. Their most unusual feature was a small head with a grapefruit-sized brain, which was in perfect proportion to a tiny body about 91cm tall. Full article here.

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