A cast of a “hobbit” skeleton will go on public display for the first time as part of a human evolution symposium April 21 on Long Island, New York.
The hobbit fossils (and near fossils) were discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003. Some scientists think the discovery represents a new species of human. Others argue it was human like us, only with a disorder called microcephaly which gave it an unusually small head.
The skeleton is set to go on display at Stony Brook University’s Staller Center for the Arts as part of the 7th Human Evolution Symposium there.
“A cast of the entire skeleton of the specimen has never been displayed anywhere, inside or outside of Indonesia. This is a real first,” said William Jungers, a professor of anatomy at Stony Brook.
As the debate rages on about Homo floresiensis — the so-called hobbit, the symposium will bring together the researchers currently in the process of describing and analyzing the remains.