Redating of Liang Bua

Press/Media: Research

Period30 Mar 2016 → 2 Apr 2016

Media coverage


Media coverage

  • TitleThe ‘hobbit’ was a separate species of human, new dating reveals
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletScience AAS
    Media typePrint
    Duration/Length/SizeDOI: 10.1126/science.aaf4063
    CountryUnited States
    DescriptionIn 2003, scientists made a startling find in a remote cave on the Indonesian island of Flores: The skull and skeleton of an adult female hominin, a group consisting of modern humans and extinct human species, who stood only about a meter tall. That
    discovery sparked a fierce debate about whether the hominin—officially dubbed Homo floresiensis but often called the “hobbit”—was a separate species or a diseased
    modern human. Now, many of the same scientists who made the discovery have radically revised their estimate of the fossils' age, based on an exhaustive new analysis of the cave’s geology. Instead of living 18,000 years ago, as they originally reported, the hobbit lived between 60,000 and 100,000 years ago—some 10,000 years before H. sapiens arrived in the region.
    Producer/AuthorCarolyn Gramling
    PersonsKira Westaway
  • TitleIndonesian 'hobbits' disappeared when modern humans arrived, new dating shows
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletABC News online
    Media typeWeb
    DescriptionThe disappearance of "hobbits" on the Indonesian island of Flores
    has been pushed back to 50,000 years ago after excavations revealed flaws in the original dating of the controversial species of primitive humans.
    The new timeframe coincides with the arrival of modern humans in
    Australia and gives weight to the theory Homo sapiens may have played a role in the demise of Homo floresiensis.
    Producer/AuthorDani Cooper
    PersonsKira Westaway
  • TitleAge of 'Hobbit' species revised
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletBBC News online
    Media typeWeb
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionThe diminutive human species nicknamed "the Hobbit" is older than previously recognised, scientists now say.
    The discovery of Homo floresiensis in 2003 caused a sensation because it seemed the creature could have been alive in the quite recent past. But a new analysis indicates the little hominin probably went extinct at least 50,000 years ago not
    the 12,000 years ago initially thought to be the case.
    Producer/AuthorJonathan Amos
    PersonsKira Westaway, Matthew W. Tocheri, Thomas Sutikna, Richard G. Roberts