Real Hobbits Existed! And Here’s Proof of That

The Story Behind the Nickname ‘Hobbit’

The Story Behind the Nickname ‘Hobbit’

The discoverers of the Homo floresiensis were the ones who gave the species its nickname ‘Hobbit.’ They took inspiration from ‘The Hobbit,’ a book written by J. R. R. Tolkien. The book spoke of a fictional race that Tolkien named ‘Hobbit.’

A few people involved in the discovery suggested that the species be named Homo hobbitus.

The thing is that when Peter Brown – a renowned palaeoanthropologist first described and named Homo floresiensis, people around the world jumped in to give it a nickname. Not surprisingly, almost all of them ended up naming the species – the Hobbit.

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