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David Frayer lecture on Homo floresiensis
Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 4:00pm to Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 5:30pm

WHAT: Oral presentation by Dr. David Frayer, University of Kansas, Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer. Homo floresiensis: the hobbit tale. Discoveries from the Liang Bua cave on Flores Island (Indonesia) have been described as representing a species of miniature humans surviving in isolation for more than 100,000 years until they went extinct about 12,000 years. These discoveries, commonly referred to as "hobbits," have great importance for models in paleoanthropology involving brain size and intelligence, the effect of isolation and endemism along with more general ideas about the course of human evolution. Conclusions about the fossils are controversial and alternate interpretations contradict the idea that the specimens from Flores represent a new species.

WHEN: Thursday, May 20, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: 238 Smith Union

Sponsored by Sigma Xi and Department of Anthropology.

Contact info: Virginia Butler (, 5-3303)