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Changes in rat size reveal habitat of 'Hobbit' hominin

March 14, 2019 - General

A study of rat body sizes shifting over time gives a glimpse into the habitat of the mysterious hominin Homo floresiensis — nicknamed the “Hobbit” due to its diminutive stature.

At the Liang Bua cave site, paleoanthropologist Matthew Tocheri, left, measures a modern giant rat with the
 assistance of Bonefasius Sagut. At right is a reconstruction of Homo floresiensis carrying a giant rat,
by paleo artist Peter Schouten [Credit:…

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