Indonesian hobbits

Researchers first announced the discovery of the hobbits in 2004, and the remains have engendered intense interest and controversy ever since. The hobbits lived on the island of Flores in the Indonesian archipelago, alongside giant rats, diminutive elephant relatives called stegodonts and fearsome Komodo dragons. The new work, carried out by Henneke Meijer of the Smithsonian Institution and her colleagues at the Smithsonian and the National Research and Development Center for Archaeology in Jakarta, Indonesia, shows that a great many birds also called the island home back when the hobbits reigned, as recently as 17,000 years ago. Meijer presented the results on November 4 at the annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.