According to a recent study, prehistoric dwarfs who lived in Indonesia many thousands of years ago may have been wiped out by the first modern humans.
The fossil remains of these dwarves called Homo floresiensis were discovered in a cave in Flores Island (Indonesia) in 2003. At that time, the researchers thought that the strain was extinct from about a few years ago. 12,000 years. However, a new study shows that this small human species nicknamed "Hobbit" was extinct some 50,000 years ago.
These dwarfs are only about 50cm tall, have a characteristic brain that resembles that of chimpanzees today. They know how to use stone tools in daily activities, including hunting dwarf elephants.
The image of a prehistoric hobbit.(Source: Tech Times).
About 50,000 years ago, modern human ancestors were present throughout the islands in Indonesia, at the same time the ancient hobbits disappeared. Many animals, including the giant Komodo dragon on Flores island, are extinct at this time.
Researchers are examining the main possibility that our ancestors have directly caused the dwarfs of Flores to become extinct.
"The question is, if modern human ancestors did not land on Flores island, will hobbits become extinct. Our ancestors could very well be the decisive factor for their disappearance, but We still need to find more evidence, ' said researcher Bert Roberts (University of Wollongong, Australia).
The cave where dwarves once lived, sediments of bone fragments, stone tools . are being analyzed by archaeologists to date."These tools range in age from 50,000 to 190,000 years ago, while the bones of Hobbit dwarfs have between 60,000 and 100,000 years of age," Roberts said.