The Little People
On the 28th October 2004, an announcement was made world-wide by Australian archaeologists that a cave had been discovered on the remote island called Flores to the north of Australia in Indonesia containing the preserved skeletal remains of what may have been a family of little people surrounded by many artefacts relating to their daily lifestyles. The unique discovery proving the existence of a race of little humans (always regarded as a figment of myth and imagination by many) also revealed they were still in existence until recent times. As a result, archaeologists and anthropologists from around the world are now in the process of revising human evolution theories.
The scientists believe these hobbits, the smallest species of human, descended from homo erectus just as modern man did. They were hairless, dark-skinned dwarfs with small heads and knee-length arms and grew to about a metre or more in height. It is believed in theory they morphed into dwarfs over the course of hundreds of thousands of genetic isolation on the island.
The scientists describe the island of Flores as a kind of lost world of bizarre extinct species such as a dwarf form of the primitive elephant Stegodon as well as giant rats, full-sized Komodo dragons and an even larger species of giant lizard. Conditions on the island were perfect for smaller animals to get bigger as well as for larger animals and humans to become smaller because they were so isolated from competition from other mammals and have no genetic need to remains large. These hobbits are believed to have become extinct in a volcanic eruption c.12,000 years ago but it is possible some may have survived even until several hundred years ago. Local island stories even suggest that they were still living on Flores up until the Dutch arrived there in the 1500s.
The past existence of Negritos (a descendent race?) has been known for some time in New Guinea (extinct c.1920 due to inter-tribal wars and head-hunting practices as far as it is known) and in the Cairns region of North Queensland. The noted historian and anthropologist Norman B. Tinsdale was in fact the last person to see the remnants of such a race alive (c.1930) before the last of these peoples walked off into the northern jungles never to be seen again. Some academics have even stated that the now extinct Tasmanian natives because of their unique culture, language and characteristics were also descended from the Negritos of old driven into isolation by earthly changes and invading northern natives. In the 1400s and 1500s, Dutch and Portuguese sailors sighting the Western Australian coastline noted tall natives in warfare chasing and killing hordes of little native peoples.
When the subject is
mentioned in conversation that little people once roamed the rugged forest
regions of the coastal hinterland that formed part of the ancient Kabi lands, one is
usually scoffed at by such a daft suggestion. However people view the
proposal, little people did at one time exist in the Cooloola (Kin Kin) region
up to the mid-1860s. It is fortunate that when the last of the South East Queensland
pygmy clans faded into extinction without any proper and due recognition of
their past existence, some fractionalised records still survive of pygmy
encounters by the early settlers and of their demise. Little else is known of them,
their culture and their origins. This sparse knowledge has led to many theories and
suppositions regarding their lifestyles.
Another early report from June 1861 states:
The following (edited) report of June 1864 tells of the little peoples shocking demise:
With the shocking demise of the Dhilumi pygmy
clans of the Kin Kin-Cooloola Hinterland region, the last links to an ancient past faded
away. As far as it is known, no other recorded histories have ever been found for these
little peoples of South East Queensland.
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