LINGUIST List 16.100

Fri Jan 14 2005

Media: Ebu Gogo / Homo Floresiensis Controversy

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Message 1: Ebu Gogo / Homo Floresiensis Controversy

Date: 14-Jan-2005
From: Mark Jones <markjjoneshotmail.com>
Subject: Ebu Gogo / Homo Floresiensis Controversy


Dear all,
 
 Back in October I posted some media links concerning the discovery of 7
 small hominid skeletons in Indonesia
 (http://linguistlist.org/issues/15/15-3084.html#1). The skeletons were
 considered to be a new species of human, named Homo floriensis. 
 
 The story did not end there, of course. A report in the Life supplement to
 British daily broadsheet The Guardian (13th Jan 2005) provides details of
 and links to research which has questioned these initial findings
 (http://www.guardian.co.uk/life/feature/story/0,13026,1388500,00.html).
 
 Controversy surrounds the interpretation of the skeletons as a new species
 of human, as opposed to being dwarf or pygmy Homo sapiens. Some residents
 of local islands are around 4 ft (125 cm) tall, but the reason for this
 remains to be discovered.
 
 Mark J. Jones
 Department of Linguistics
 University of Cambridge
 http://kiri.ling.cam.ac.uk/mark
 Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                      Cognitive Science
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