Dec 12 2012

The Hobbit

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  1. daedalus2uon 12 Dec 2012 at 11:06 am

    If they did not use fire, that would be excellent evidence that they are a different species.

    Humans require cooking to render food sufficiently digestible. There are no examples of human societies not using cooking and when modern humans try to survive on raw food by “hunting and gathering” in a supermarket they have difficulty maintaining weight and women become infertile.

  2. SARAon 12 Dec 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I have always been worried about ‘facial approximation’ based on limited fossils. It seems like too many assumptions are being built onto assumptions. Which leads me to wonder why they bother to use it at all. Once it is sitting in front of them, it’s going to inform all sorts of their future assumptions either consciously or unconsciously.

  3. jreon 12 Dec 2012 at 6:53 pm

    [T]hey … survived on an island with giant rodents …

    Hush, good Dr. N. The giant rodent of Flores is a story for which the world is not yet prepared.

  4. Kawarthajonon 12 Dec 2012 at 11:07 pm


    Innuit used to eat a diet of largely uncooked meat. There was no fuel for cooking, other than the food they need to eat during the winter months (i.e. whale/seal blubber), so they evolved to eat raw meat and lots of it, with very little plant material or cooked meat.

  5. Myk Dowlingon 13 Dec 2012 at 12:38 am

    When they can use the same facial reconstruction process to reconstruct a chimpanzee, gorilla and human from their skulls, I’ll be interested. Until then, they’re just making morphed people.

  6. Jared Olsenon 13 Dec 2012 at 5:21 am

    I know this guy! I work with him. The bit about brain size is spot-on too…

  7. Mal Adaptedon 14 Dec 2012 at 9:37 pm


    Hush, good Dr. N. The giant rodent of Flores is a story for which the world is not yet prepared.

    To live a rat must chew!

  8. jreon 17 Dec 2012 at 4:53 pm


  9. sekaron 20 Dec 2012 at 1:59 am


    Not true. The Sentinelese people supposedly do not use fire to cook. On other sources I’ve read, they’ve been observed to have a fire, and manipulate fire, but only when the off chance occurs that it was created from natural causes. They have not been observed to have the knowledge of how to create their own fire.

    Also, the use of fire is not an indicator of speciation. Hypothetically, if indeed Homo sapiens need fire, the very first “human” to live required it to survive, but their nearly identical parent did not.

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