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Webinar: Homo floresiensis: The "Hobbits" of Human Evolution

Archived Webinar

This Zoom webinar with Dr. Matt Tocheri aired March 18, 2021, as part of the "HOT (Human Origins Today) Topic" series. Watch a recording in the player above.


Almost 20 years ago, the discovery of a human skeleton with a chimp-sized brain and short stature (~1 meter) in a cave on a remote Indonesian island shocked both scientists and the general public around the world. Dr. Matt Tocheri, the Canada Research Chair in Human Origins at Lakehead University and a Research Associate in the Smithsonian Institution's Human Origins Program, shares his knowledge about Homo floresiensis, the enigmatic "hobbits" of human evolution. 

Moderator: Briana Pobiner, paleoanthropologist and educator at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

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