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Scientists Argue Over Origin of Ancient Jawbone Found in Indonesia

Scientists say they have found more evidence of a previously unknown early human species in present-day Indonesia, but others continue to reject their theory of so-called 'Hobbit' people.

A team digging in a cave on the remote Indonesian island of Flores says in this week's issue of Nature magazine that it found a jawbone from a one-meter-tall person who lived 12,000 to 18,000 years ago. The team first reported finding the controversial remains last year, and now says it has bones from nine similar individuals.

The scientists argue that the bones are from a previously unknown human species (Homo floresiensis) that evolved separately from modern humans on the isolated island.

However, dissenters say the dwarf-like people suffered from medical conditions that stunted growth, and were not a separate species.

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