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Museum unveils 'hobbit' remains
The museum's director, Jim Kennedy, inspects the replica Homo floresiensis skull
The museum director inspects the replica Homo floresiensis skull
People in Oxfordshire are getting a chance to see first hand a discovery which archaeologists say "rewrites our knowledge of human evolution".

A replica of the skull of the Homo floresiensis - dubbed "the hobbit" - is on display at the University Museum of Natural History in Oxford.

The skull proved the existence of a one-metre-tall species that lived in Indonesia about 12,000 years ago.

The skull will be incorporated into the permanent displays of the museum.

Australian archaeologists unearthed the bones while digging at a site called Liang Bua, one of numerous limestone caves on Flores Island.

The remains of the partial skeleton were found at a depth of 5.9m (19ft).

At first, the researchers thought it was the body of a child. But further investigation revealed otherwise.




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