I was talking to Karl Shuker last night about hobbits. Or rather Karl and I were having a middle-aged grumble at each other about the distressing tendency of people who really should know better to give cryptids stupid names. Well H. florisiensis ain't a cryptid per se but it has been given a stupid name just because its discovery happened to coincide with the worldwide hysteria surrounding Peter Jackson's excellent interpretations of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
But that aside, it is quite possibly the most momentous discovery of the past decade, although the recent revelations surrounding fossil hominid skulls found in 1999 and 2001 in Georgia may just pip them to the post.
But why are we talking about them? Its simple. Our old mucker Paul Cropper from the Antipodes sent us this lengthy (but very interesting) pdf from The Skeptical Inquirer. It's ten pages long, but well worth a read, so download it from the link at the top of this page.