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

By Colin Barras | October 29, 2015 The diminutive human hobbits of Flores had a basement. And early signs hint at the tantalising possibility of more Homo floresiensis bones in this newly discovered chamber. H. floresiensis became a worldwide sensation when it was unveiled a decade ago. The fragile remains in a cave on Flores island in Indonesia told the remarkable story of a tiny species of early human, standing about 1 metre tall. What’s more, it lived as recently as 18,000 years ago – …

We’ve Damaged the Planet So Badly It’s Entering a New Epoch | VICE | United States

… distributed across the globe. Carbon-dating technology and the theory of continental drift emerged only in the 1950s, Johnson said. So did methods for discerning how and why over the past 4.5 billion years most of life on Earth has disappeared. “All of these tools that allow us to tell the story of the planet have been growing up as I’ve been growing up,” Johnson said. “And the last thing to enter the collective consciousness of the sciences,” he added, “is …

Why are there so many freaking beetles? Science may finally have the answer. – The Washington Post

By Rachel Feltman, Posted March 18 2015 There are so many species of beetle that you can find new ones pretty much without trying. According to new research, that may be because beetle lineages hardly ever go extinct. [98 new species of beetles discovered in Indonesia – there is a hyperlink on the website that links to further information. Please click below to access the information.] We’ve talked about the beetle’s prolific speciation before: There’s an old story that …

Elephants, rhinos and tigers once lived in the Philippines

… species last around 10 million years before disappearing. Some lucky ones last much longer. Coelacanths – ancient 6-foot long fish rediscovered in South Africa in 1938 and in Indonesia in 1997 – have been around for over 360 million years! What’s alarming is the turbocharged rate of extinction – over 200 species are now disappearing daily. By the time you finish reading this, another will vanish. The story of the Passenger Pigeon – once among Earth’s most common birds – is ominous. …

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