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Access to the article is free, however registration and sign-in are required. The stunning discovery of a Late Pleistocene hominin skeleton, on the Indonesian island of Flores has thrown the anthropological world into a frenzy. The primitive and derived features of the skeleton, but most curiously its tiny stature suggest a new species of diminutive Homo erectus called H. floresiensis. In a provocative Perspective, Jared Diamond provides a scintillating synthesis of the evidence for a new H. erectus species and debates the reasons why the fossil remains of this pygmy hominin have only now been discovered.

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      Indonesia,skeleton,NSDL_SetSpec_BEN,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20110722022354700T,Life Science,H. floresiensis,pygmy hominin,Late Pleistocene,NSDL

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