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Frodo’s basement: Secret chamber found where hobbit humans lived 

… long after other early human species, including the Neanderthals, had disappeared. Yet controversy remains over whether the hobbit is a separate species, or simply a population of unusually small homo sapiens, at least one of whom had some form of disease that impaired brain development. This, sceptical researchers say, explains why the single hobbit skull found to date had a brain no larger than a chimpanzee. Hidden entrance More bones would finally lay the debate to rest, but so far searches …

What the animal world would look like if humans never existed

By Walt Bonner | August 31, 2015 If humans never existed, lions, saber–tooth tigers, 330–pound beavers and house-sized armadillos would be walking around Texas right now. A new study from researchers at Aarhus University demonstrates what the world would look like for mammals if the most destructive super predator of them all — homo sapiens — had never been around. The study was born out of the team’s previous research, which found that a lot of mammal species that went extinct …

Study Maps What Mammal World Would Be Like Without Humans 

By James Eng | August 24, 2015 If it weren’t for the presence of humans, elephants and rhinos would likely be roaming across Europe today, and North and South America would also be flush with a variety big mammals. That’s the conclusion of a study that projects what a world map of mammals would look like if homo sapiens had never existed. The researchers say that much of the world would resemble the Serengeti of Africa, virtually the last place on Earth that’s home to a high …

We’re re-engineering the entire biosphere | News24

… humans and in a recent paper, an international group of scientists argue that we’ve entered into a fundamentally different, third stage in the evolution of the biosphere, one that is defined by the activities of homo sapiens. The authors outline how we are modifying the biosphere: 1. By spreading biological sameness In our comparatively short history of ‘conquering’ the world, we have intentionally and accidentally allowed a relatively small number of plant and animal species (from …

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