Despite its small size, anthropologist Dean Falk says that the endocast of LB1’s brain indicates complex features similar to humans which may indicate mental capabilities like tool making.
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Hobbit brain small, bur organized for complex intelligence
Science News, 03 April 2009
Earlier this year, a study by Dean Falk hoped to put to rest the homo floresiensis controversy by comparing casts of the homo floresiensis brain with that of other microcephalic humans. The results of the study showed that there were marked differences between the LB1 brain and the brain of the microcephalic human, inferring in turn that the hobbit was really something else.
While the verdict on the Hobbit is still up in the air, we take a segue and look at the method used for this study and at Ralph Holloway, the scientist who pioneered the method of making endocasts.