A Day at Liang Bua

In 2004, the discovery of a tiny hominin catapulted the limestone cave of Liang Bua into the scientific spotlight. Few people realize, however, that Liang Bua’s scientific history extends both long before the hobbit’s discovery and continues unfolding to the present day. On a recent trip to the cave, where I was hoping to learn more…

Meet the Hobbit: 5 Facts about Homo floresiensis

She has been called a hobbit, a deformed human, and even an “alien from Earth.” Discovered in 2003 on the Indonesian island of Flores, her bones have sparked debates about who she is, how she came to be here, and what her relation is to us. Her name is LB1, informally known as the hobbit, and she…