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Origins of Indonesian hobbits
https://phys.org/news/2017-04-indonesian-hobbits-revealed.html

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The most comprehensive study on the bones of Homo floresiensis, a species of tiny human discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, has found that they most likely evolved from an ancestor in Africa and not from Homo erectus as has been widely believed.
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"The analyses show that on the family tree, Homo floresiensis was likely a sister species of Homo habilis. It means these two shared a common ancestor," Dr Argue said.
"It's possible that Homo floresiensis evolved in Africa and migrated, or the common ancestor moved from Africa then evolved into Homo floresiensis somewhere."
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Re: Origins of Indonesian hobbits
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If I remember correctly, there's an H. habilis-like skull from the Dmanisi H. erectus locality, suggesting that H. habilis morphology was probably one of a number of modal morphologies present within H. erectus. Seems to me that this offers a more sensible explanation than simply interpreting a phylogenetic analysis as gospel truth.

Re: Origins of Indonesian hobbits
Reply #2
Remembered correctly. Here's the paper:

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/342/6156/326