The Hobbit: A Lineage More Ancient Than Once Thought?

The 2003 discovery of the Homo floresiensis added a new, weird branch to the human family tree. At the same time humans were spreading across Asia and Neanderthals were inching toward extinction in Europe (and the mysterious Denisovans were doing … something), this three-and-a-half foot human relative was carving out an existence on the Flores island in what is now Indonesia. But where, exactly, it came from has been a mystery. There were suggestions that it was simply a modern human subj