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Unanswered Questions

Questions about the life and times of Homo floresiensis that remain unanswered

There are more unanswered questions than answered questions…

“We know that we’re missing way more than what we have. There’s always a lot more that we don’t know than what we do know” (Prof. Bert Roberts, geochronologist).

Some unanswered questions include:

  • Where did Homo floresiensis come from exactly?
  • Where did the common ancestor that we share with Homo floresiensis live?
  • When did populations of that ancestor leave Africa and ultimately lead to Homo floresiensis?
  • When did the ancestors of Homo floresiensis arrive on Flores, and how did they get there?
  • When did Homo floresiensis finally disappear on Flores (and possibly elsewhere)?
  • Why did Homo floresiensis finally disappear?
  • What is the evolutionary history of Homo floresiensis?
  • Did our species interact with hobbits, and, if so, how?
  • Is there a link between the arrival of modern humans at Liang Bua and the extinction of Homo floresiensis?
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