The Hobbit, Australian Museum
A joint Australian–Indonesian archaeological team unearthed the remains of a small human from a cave in Flores, Indonesia, in 2003.
They identified it as a new species, Homo floresiensis. For obvious reasons, it was nicknamed the Hobbit.
Although Homo floresiensis are not our ancestors, their unusual features and recent survival suggests our family tree is far more complex than once thought.
This cast, rearticulated by Australian Museum staff, is on loan from the University of Wollongong, NSW.
We are grateful to Professor Mike Morwood for lending us this cast which is one of a very limited number made for research purposes.