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RIP Mike Morwood, one of the discoverers of the Hobbit

We received sad news yesterday – the passing of Professor Mike Morwood, one of the discoverers of Homo floresiensis aka the ‘Hobbit’, one of the most startling hominin discoveries of the century. His passing is deeply felt by the archaeological community in Australia and he will be sadly missed.

Professor Mike Morwood

Professor Mike Morwood

Archaeologist Mike Morwood, who discovered pre-human species ‘the Hobbit’, dies
ABC News, 24 July 2013

Archaeologist who discovered ‘the hobbit’ dies
ABC Indigenous, 24 July 2013

Hobbit finder Mike Morwood dies of cancer (subscription)
The Australian, 24 July 2013

Kiwi who helped find ‘hobbits’ dies
New Zealand Herald, 24 July 2013

NZ-born Mike Morwood, discoverer of Flores Hobbit, dies – experts respond
Science Media Centre, 23 July 2013

Archaeologist who discovered the Hobbit dies
The Conversation, 23 July 2013

Sad passing of the archaeologist who discovered the Hobbit
Australian Archaeological Association Press Release, 23 July 2013

A colleague, Jacqueline Matthews is also keeping track of the story and you can follow her storify feed here.

Colleagues of influential rock art researcher Mike Morwood have described his passing as a sad day for the archaeological community.

Mike Morwood was best known for his discovery of an ancient, dwarf-like species of pre-humans, known as “the Hobbit”, on the Indonesian island of Flores.

Professor Morwood had more recently been working with traditional owners analysing rock art on the Mitchell Plateau in Western Australia.

He died this week after a battle with cancer. He was 82.

Full story here.

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