Liang Bua, in the local language of Teras, means cold water of the cave. It is so named because the stalactites of the cave's upper walls always drop fresh and cold water onto the floor below. According to folklore, Reba Ruek was a short, hairy and dark-skinned man in Liang Bua, who was first discovered by boar hunters ... The Jakarta Post
At the end of October, the fossilized remains of a one-meter-tall hominid [Homo floresiensis] were discovered in Flores island, which lies within East Nusa Tenggara province.
The Jakarta Post's Yemris Fointuna has written a profile of Liang Bua, where the discovery was made. The accompanying article makes reference to the role of dwarfs in Flores mythology ... The Jakarta Post
She may have only been a midget but her bones have generated a monumental row in the world of human palaeontology, which is still reeling from the dramatic implications of her discovery.
All the experts who have studied her tiny skull and diminutive skeleton believe that the "hobbit woman" found on a remote Indonesian island represents a new human species that only died out in recent history.
However, one maverick scientist disputes this interpretation, saying that she was just another member of our own species but with a congenital dwarfism disease.
Now Professor Teuku Jacob of Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia has taken the matter into his own hands by locking her remains away in his personal vaults, making it difficult for other scientists to gain access to the priceless material ... The New Zealand Herald
In the Foreword of this book, India's venerable prehistoric archaeologist, V. N. Misra, states that, "Palaeolithic studies in India have made ... tremendous progress during the last four decades" although he opines that an understanding of human evolution and behavior from the record is still "fragmentary" and "incomplete." In an attempt to indicate what has been learned about the Acheulean, Raghunath Pappu has summarized the available evidence from a multitude of surveys and excavations ... RedNova News
A novel way to determine land elevation as continents moved around the Earth through geological ages. Knowing how high mountains and plateaus were in the past helps scientists study how our climate system evolved and shows how the process of mountain building influenced climatic patterns, as well as plant and animal evolution. It's the first paleobotanical method that works globally and is independent of long-term climate change. It involves counting the stomata on plant leaves ... EurekAlert!