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Australian scientist reconstructs face of Flores 'hobbit'

Australian scientist reconstructs face of Flores 'hobbit'

Updated 11 December 2012, 15:20 AEDT

An Australian scientist has used forensic facial reconstruction techniques usually reserved for solving crimes to give us an image of what the mysterious Flores 'hobbit' might have once looked.

The fossils of the hobbit, or the Homo floresiensis, were discovered in Flores, Indonesia in 2003 and sparked debate about whether these bones were of an entirely new species or a diseased specimen of an existing human species.

But this facial reconstruction by specialist facial anthropologist, Dr Susan Hayes, allows us to put a face to the question.

That face, of a female, is somewhat familiar with high cheekbones, long ears and a broad nose.

Presenter: Liam Cochrane

Speaker: Darren Curnoe, human evolution specialist, University of New South Wales

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