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Battle Erupts Over the 'Hobbit' Bones

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Science  25 Feb 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5713, pp. 1179
DOI: 10.1126/science.307.5713.1179

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For the past 3 months, studies of the 18,000-year-old "hobbit" skeleton of Indonesia have been directed not by its discoverers but by a rival who has taken possession of the skeleton, invited other researchers to examine it, and taken a sliver of rib for DNA analysis.