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Did Humans Learn From Hobbits?

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Science  24 Apr 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5926, pp. 447
DOI: 10.1126/science.324_447

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Thousands of small, sharp-edged flakes of volcanic tuff and chert have been unearthed from the cave of the "hobbit," the roughly 1-meter-tall ancient human found on the island of Flores in Indonesia. But how could a hominid with a brain the size of a large pear craft tools? Now a detailed new analysis sheds light on the hobbit's technological capabilities and raises a new mystery: Why did the modern humans who arrived later on Flores make tools the same way hobbits did?