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Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Scientist Find fossils of HOBBITS!!!
This story over on Cosmos has created a euphoric panic in fanboy world. South African anthropologists have discovered fossils of an extinct hobbit-like people on a Pacific Ocean island where they lived up to 3,000 years ago. The discovery was made in 2004, but is the subject of a new article in Plos One. The subjects of the 2004 discovery, dubbed "hobbits" after author J.R.R Tolkien's pint-sized and hairy-footed fiction heroes, have been at the centre of a scientific argument over their classification. Some have argued they were a formerly unknown human species, while others maintain the tiny people are stunted modern humans. The Palauen fossils exhibit a surprising number of traits that were originally used to describe the hobbit as a unique species. These included a small body size with large teeth, small faces and reduced chins. Does this mean that the "One" Ring to Bind them all actually exists? I can just picture a bunch of nerds organizing a Fellowship right now in case a trip to New Zealand is necessary to visit Mordar and climb Mt. Doom. I hate to break to everyone, but we have hobbits and they have been here for year. They didn't need to be discovered. They are called midgets- I'm sorry, small people. They can be found humiliating themselves in professional wrestling and imitating Britney Spear. If you need more proof here is a hobbit named La Paquena imitating Hillary Clinton: