When Hobbits were first found in 2003 it was big news and it focused attention on the Indonesian island of Flores. There has been disagreement ever since on if the Hobbits were a new species of hominin. A study published today in Significance seems to put an end to that dispute. Researchers from Stony Brook University Medical Center have determined that the Flores hobbits are in fact a new species, and not homo sapiens suffering from a disease known as microcephaly, which dwarfs human's body and brain. Skeptics had maintained disease was the reason for the little people.
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