Ancestors

Bones of tiny hominids – similar to Homo floresiensis, the so-called Hobbits of Flores (Indonesia) – have been found on the small Pacific island of Palau. The photo below (from National Geographic’s web site) show the comparative sizes of a modern adult female’s jaw and her Palauan relation.

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The structure of these bones is similar enough to modern humans in every respect apart from size as to make them essentially ‘us’.

Thousands of these bones were found in two isolated caves, indicating that these hominids probably used the site for burials – another very human-like behaviour.

We’ve sure come a long way from Proconsul

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