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Everything you wanted to know about the Hobbit under one roof. Stony Brook University is holding a one-day public symposium, convened by palaeoanthropologist Richard Leakey and hosted by the Turkana Basin Institute. The symposium will feature a who’s-who list of researchers presenting the latest on the Hobbit research and the debate.

Hobbits in the Haystack: Homo floresiensis and Human Evolution
Seventh Human Evolution Workshop
21 April 2009
Stony Brook University
Registration details at the Turkana Basin Institute

Top minds in ‘Hobbit’ debate gather at Stony Brook University
Science Centric, 07 February 2009

As the debate rages on about whether Homo floresiensis – so called ‘Hobbit’ – fossils discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003 represent a separate human species, researchers currently in the process of describing and analysing the remains will all be in the same place at once to advance the discussion on Tuesday, 21 April, during the 7th Annual Human Evolution Symposium at Stony Brook University. Convened by Richard Leakey, the world renowned palaeoanthropologist who is a Professor of Anthropology at Stony Brook University, the public symposium, ‘Hobbits in the Haystack: Homo floresiensis and Human Evolution,’ is hosted by the Turkana Basin Institute at Stony Brook.

Among the researchers presenting are Michael J. Morwood from the University of Wollongong, Australia; Thomas Sutikna from the National Research and Development Centre for Archaeology in Jakarta; Mark Moore, University of New England, Australia; Dean Falk, Florida State University; Peter Brown, University of New England, Australia; Matthew Tocheri, of the Smithsonian Institution; Susan Larson, Stony Brook University; William Jungers, Stony Brook University; and, Charles Hildebolt, Washington University in St. Louis.

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