BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | ‘Hobbit’ joins human family tree

And who said Lord of the Rings is a fairy tale? We just found the Hobbits!

“Scientists have discovered a new and tiny species of human that lived in Indonesia at the same time our own ancestors were colonising the world.

The new species – dubbed “the Hobbit” due to its small size – lived on Flores island until at least 12,000 years ago.

The fact that little people feature in the legends of modern Flores islanders suggests we might have to take tales of Leprechauns and Yeti more seriously.

Details of the sensational find are described in the journal Nature.

The whole idea that you need a particular brain size to do anything intelligent is completely blown away by this find “