With the upcoming movie release of the second installment of JRR Tolkien’s critically acclaimed “The Hobbit” just upon the horizon – Stony Brook University scientists couldn’t have picked a better time to reveal Hobbits might be more than a literary creation. The classic work of fantasy featuring Hobbits, Dwarves, Elves and magic might be more true to life than we thought.
The intrigue that Stony Brook researchers have found themselves was prompted by an interesting set of remains that were discovered in Indonesia in 2003. The 18,000 year old remains were initially believed to be Homo sapiens affected with microcephaly, a neurodevelopmental condition marked by a small skull and minuscule brain. But as more and more research is done and measurements are taken, more researchers are believing that the species they nicknamed “Hobbits” must be closer to true than initially believed.