A paper by Brumm et al released online in Nature earlier this month reports the finds of stone tools in Wolo Sege, Flores dating to about a million years old. Some of the news media (see links below) are linking the find to the ‘hobbit’ found in the same island although there doesn’t seem to be a direct connection. The finds don’t seem all that surprising to me, since we already know that some hominins (Homo erectus) reached Java a million and a half years ago and another earlier find of stone tools dated 880,000 years was found just half a kilometre away, but it’ll be interesting to see if a link between these million-year-old hominins and the hobbit can be established.
Hominins on Flores, Indonesia, by one million years ago
Nature, 17 March 2010
“Hobbits” Had Million-Year History on Island?
National Geographic, 17 March 2010
Tools found on ‘hobbit’ island
The Irish Times, 18 March 2010
â€˜Hobbitsâ€™ May Have Arrived in Flores Much Earlier Than Thought: Scientists
Jakarta Globe, 18 March 2010
‘Hobbit’ island’s deeper history
BBC News, 18 March 2010