'The Hobbit' Homo floresiensis vs Homo sapiens Skull

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18,000 YA. The Homo floresiensis Skull (Flores Skull LB1) was discovered by P. Brown and his team on the island of Flores, Indonesia, in 2003 and reported in Nature in 2004. A skeleton of this species, which has been designated as female because of characteristics of the pelvis, shows that in maturity she was only about 3.3 feet tall. That such a specimen (which had an unusually small brain capacity -- 380 cc -- for its body size) was in existence only 18,000 YA could be one of the most important discoveries in decades.