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March 26, 2005

Hobbit vandalism

Yet another shining moment for paleontology is it is learned the remains of Homo floresiensis have been damaged since their discovery.

The damage to the bones of this diminutive being -- named Homo floresiensis and nicknamed hobbit by scientists -- is so extensive that it will limit scholarly research on the species, say members of the Indonesian Center for Archaeology-based discovery team. Considered the most important discovery in human origins in five decades, the remains are marred by broken jaws and smashed bones.

"The equivalent in the world of art would be somebody slashing the Mona Lisa and then trying to fix it with chewing gum," says paleontologist Tim White of the University of California-Berkeley, who was not on the discovery team.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 26, 2005 09:33 AM

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