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« Topic Start: September 20, 2007, 07:55:07 pm »

Careful study of the "Hobbit" fossil's wrist bones supports the idea that the creature was a distinct species and not a diseased modern human, it is claimed.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7004525.stm
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« Reply #1: September 30, 2007, 08:24:19 pm »

Careful study of the "Hobbit" fossil's wrist bones supports the idea that the creature was a distinct species and not a diseased modern human, it is claimed.

I prefer to believe in the Hobbits, as an extinct branch.

The data will swing one way then the other; but the fact is, something existed there that was related to us, but yet not us.

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« Reply #2: September 30, 2007, 09:11:44 pm »

I prefer to believe in the Hobbits, as an extinct branch.

I asked a biologist buddy, and he is convinced that the "Hobbit" is indeed a distinct species
One which, according to local legends, may not be extinct
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« Reply #3: October 01, 2007, 01:43:57 am »

I prefer to believe in the Hobbits, as an extinct branch.

Why couldn't they be?

There are places in the world (the Amazon Rainforest anybody?) that are still not completely explored. There are also living organisms in the world that have not been discovered yet.
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« Reply #4: October 01, 2007, 06:07:39 am »

There are also living organisms in the world that have not been discovered yet.

I read, just a few days ago, that they had discovered several previously unknown species in Vietnam
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« Reply #5: October 01, 2007, 07:28:17 pm »

I read, just a few days ago, that they had discovered several previously unknown species in Vietnam

I can't remember now which jungle it is in the southern hemisphere that they're still finding previously unknown species in but I do know it's there.  Smiley
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« Reply #6: October 01, 2007, 07:36:40 pm »

I can't remember now which jungle it is in the southern hemisphere that they're still finding previously unknown species in but I do know it's there.  Smiley

yeah, but there's a huge difference between unknown species of bugs and other small things and unknown species of HUMANS.

We tend to make a big impact on our environment.  And we don't stay put well.  The odds that there wouldn't be SOME person running around that would've been found by now ......  (not to mention the massive hole in the forest where the village was?)
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« Reply #7: October 01, 2007, 08:18:27 pm »

yeah, but there's a huge difference between unknown species of bugs and other small things and unknown species of HUMANS.

We tend to make a big impact on our environment.  And we don't stay put well.  The odds that there wouldn't be SOME person running around that would've been found by now ......  (not to mention the massive hole in the forest where the village was?)

This is true but how do we know that in the deepest reaches of the Amazon rainforest, and/or other jungles, that there are indigenous peoples who have not yet been discovered?
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« Reply #8: October 01, 2007, 08:26:12 pm »

yeah, but there's a huge difference between unknown species of bugs and other small things and unknown species of HUMANS.

While I will agree that the number of extant hominid species is far smaller than the number of butterfly species, we lack the weight of evidence to prove (or disprove) that number to be one.
As Carl Sagan once said, "Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence."

Not much more than a century ago, the rhinoceros was considered to be a mythical creature because a white man had never seen one.
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« Reply #9: October 01, 2007, 08:28:44 pm »

This is true but how do we know that in the deepest reaches of the Amazon rainforest, and/or other jungles, that there are indigenous peoples who have not yet been discovered?

I tend to agree.
There are still plenty of habitable places in this world where the white man has never been
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