New Analysis Shows "Hobbits" Couldn't Hustle


A detailed analysis of the feet of Homo floresiensis—the miniature hominins who lived on a remote island in eastern Indonesia until 18,000 years ago—may help settle a question hotly debated among paleontologists: how similar was this population to modern humans? A new research paper, featured on the cover of the current issue of Nature, may answer this question. While the so-called “hobbits” walked on two legs, several features of their feet were so primitive that their gait was not efficient.