Photo by: Purwo Kuncoro

Origin Stories: The Hobbit

Liang Bua, a large limestone cave on the Indonesian island of Flores, is an incredible site best known for the discovery in 2003 of the extinct human species Homo floresiensis. Tourists from Indonesia and around the world visit the site almost daily throughout the year on locally-guided tours. In this image, Matt Tocheri and Thomas Sutikna are sitting at the table discussing plans for their excavations in 2012. (Image Credit: Smithsonian Digitization Program Office and the Liang Bua Team)

In this episode, we explore the fascinating tale of the Hobbit, an unexpected fossil find that shook the world’s understanding of human evolution. Join Leakey Foundation grantee Matt Tocheri as he shares how this tiny hominin revolutionized the human story and transformed his life. 

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