Putting a face to an ancient human species
Indonesian scientists claim they have found a new human species that lived around 18,000 years ago.
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2012 16:01

Stepping into a cave in Indonesia where the remains of an ancient species of human were found in 2003 feels like stepping into Tolkien’s, Lord of the Rings. Only the Hobbit found here really existed.

Scientists are convinced that it’s a new human species that lived around 18 thousand years ago. If that is right, Flores man was the longest-surviving non-modern human - far outlasting the neanderthals. 

And now, Japanese scientists think they have figured out what they looked like.

Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen reports from Flores Island in Indonesia.


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