Chasing Hobbits: A Year in Indonesia

Chasing Hobbits: A Year in Indonesia

I remember when I first learned about the crazy, contentious new species of human relative Homo floresiensis. I was a little late—when the little “hobbit” was announced in 2004 I was only in high school, just barely beginning to understand the discipline of...
Best Paleoanthropology of 2018 So Far

Best Paleoanthropology of 2018 So Far

It’s hard to believe it’s already August. The year has sped by at an unprecedented rate, so much so that I missed the halfway point of the year (by a couple of months–oops). But, I’ve decided I need to do a roundup of my favorite finds this...
Nightfall in the Hobbit Cave

Nightfall in the Hobbit Cave

“This is what Homo floresiensis must have felt like,” a paleoanthropologist mused through the darkness. It is almost 8pm on a Thursday and I am sitting on the floor of the cave known as Liang Bua. Other researchers stand only a meter from me, but I cannot see them, my...