The Australian Archeological Conference, hosted by the University of Wollongong, is in full swing this week with most of the event's buzz generated by the unveiling of the prehistoric hominid Homo floresiensis' true face -- or at least our best guess, made possible thanks to the facial reconstruction done by specialist facial anthropologist, Dr Susan Hayes. Playfully dubbed "Hobbit," this prehistoric hominid stood roughly three and a half feet tall, much like it's fantasy namesake. Not only does Homo floresiensis show that there's still so much we don't know about the history of human evolution, but also that our prehistoric past was a lot like Middle Earth as described by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Our Adorable PastAustralian anthropologist Dr. Susan Hayes has used some technological wizardry to give us a brand new look at hobbits. No, not capital-H Lord of the Rings Hobbits. These hobbits are Homo floresiensis, an ancient humanoid species given their Tolkien-inspired nickname due to their Hobbit-esque height of around three-and-a-half feet.
Trademark Holder Doesn’t Want Filthy, Tricksy Archaeologists Referring to Prehistoric Humanoids as “Hobbits”
There And Back AgainNot cool, Saul Zaentz Company. Not cool. The prehistoric humanoid species Homo floresiensis is commonly referred to in the scientific community by the nickname "Hobbit" due to it being around the same size as J.R.R. Tolkien's furry-toed fantasy creatures. But the Saul Zaentz Company/Middle-earth Enterprises, which controls certain Tolkien trademarks, has forbidden organizers of a free lecture on the species from using the title "The Other Hobbit," saying ”it is not possible for our client to allow generic use of the trade mark HOBBIT.”