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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Not hobbits, cretins!

Apparently those fossilized "hobbits" that were found a while ago weren't what scientists thought they were. The Beeb says, New twist in Hobbit-human debate, and the article describes the "hobbits" in genteel terms.

Leave it to the Daily Mail to call a spade a spade (h/t Mara):
Island's ancient dwarf men were not hobbits, but cretins
They claim the so-called "hobbits" were in fact a backward group of humans, suffering from what the researchers describe as cretinism - caused by a nutritional deficiency.
Can't wait until the the Great Ape Project complains about the name-calling.


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At 1:55 AM, Blogger Pat Patterson said...

Now a really nasty person might suggest that the "hobbits" are not cretins but rather Cretans. Considering that the last famous person to come from Crete was Homer then that nasty person could assume that there has been some slightly devolution in the gene pool. But since I'm not nasty you didn' hear it from me.

At 7:56 AM, Blogger Fausta said...

It is indeed a pleasure to hear from people who have "the benefits of a classical education" (as Hans Gruber of Die Hard put it)!

At 8:42 AM, Blogger Obi's Sister said...

Or Goblins (at least by Tolkien's standard)??

At 12:11 PM, Blogger Pat Patterson said...

I wish I could afford one of Mr. Gruber's suits! But I can do the NYT's crossword and figure out the copyright date at the end of films. I was well prepared for the modern world.

At 6:50 PM, Blogger Fausta said...

If I remember correctly, Gruber wore Armani.


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