A few days ago, I found and tweeted this headline: "Will Hobbit tooth yield ancient DNA?"
Henry Gee, the editor of Nature, seemed to think so. In a now-famous editorial entitled “Flores, God and Cryptozoology,” he forever tied the finding of the “Hobbits” to cryptozoology. He wrote: “The discovery that Homo floresiensis survived until so very recently, in geological terms, makes it more likely that stories of other mythical, human-like creatures such as Yetis are founded on grains of truth….Now, cryptozoology, the study of such fabulous creatures, can come in from the cold.” (the preceding paragraph is from Loren Coleman's Cryptomundo.)
Let's hope so. Because more and more I am becoming intrigued by the "cryptoterrestrials" hypothesis of Mac Tonnies (God rest him); offshoots of humanity that not only survived but thrived beneath our notice. After all, humans have lost a goodly amount of our body hair over the past few thousand years (most of us anyway). If the "hobbits" survived, might they have not lost the same amount? And if they lived in an underground setting, might their eyes not get larger? Yet still retain their small stature and thin, monkey-like arms? Wouldn't they, maybe, look something like this?
Like I said, all conjecture. Then again...
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