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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

LINDSAY SELBY: A little blog about little people

The bones of Homo floresiensis, said to be a species of dwarf human, were discovered at the Liang Bua cave on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003. Homo floresiensis was about 1 metre(3 feet) in height and walked upright. The skull has human-like teeth with a receding forehead and no chin. Archaeological evidence suggests this species lived at Liang Bua between at least 95,000 and 13,000 years ago. They used stone tools and hunted small mammals .

Some believe that floresiensis is a dwarf form of Homo erectus based on the evidence that it is not unknown for dwarf forms of larger mammals to evolve on islands. Others believe that they are a completely new species; others that they are merely a new race of our own species.

Could this species be behind the tales of fairies and 'little people' that have been told for generations? From leprechauns to pixies, there are tales of little people from all over the world; could these stories have started with encounters with the species Homo floresiensis? There is often some truth in folk tales and this would be an explanation for some stories, if people had encountered these little people in the past and the stories were then passed down through generations by oral history. Whether they had a crock of gold of course is debateable!

For more on the Hobbit (lots of different articles here)
Lots of different reports of little people and fairies:

1 comment:

Ego Ronanus said...

While the Flores creatures may be behind some fairy legends, I feel they do not explain all of them. In some casesdiminutive human-like beings are said to be able to vanish. Whether this involves entry into other dimensions, vibrating differently or whatever, I do not feel this was likesly to have been a characteristic of H. floresiensis.