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Carl Zimmer Carl Zimmer is the author of several popular science books and writes frequently for the New York Times, as well as for magazines including The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Science, Newsweek, Popular Science, and Discover, where he is a contributing editor. Carl's books include Soul Made Flesh,, Parasite Rex and Evolution: The Triumph of An Idea. His latest book is Smithsonian Intimate Guide to Human Origins. Please send newsworthy items or feedback to blog-at-carlzimmer.com.
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January 18, 2005
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Posted by Carl Zimmer

The Guardian has a long but disjointed report about the dispute over Homo floresiensis. Articles like these rarely give a very good picture of scientific disputes, since all parties involved only get a couple catchy quotes apiece. I've been particularly puzzled by Teuku Jacob, the elderly Indonesian paleoanthropologist who sparked the controversy by taking possession of the bones and locking them away from the Indonesian and Australian researchers who found them. So I was pleased when my brother, a linguistic anthropologist who does research in Indonesia, passed on this link to a translation of a long essay by Jacob. My brother promises me that the translation is accurate. There's a fair bit of science here, although Jacob isn't averse to calling his Australian rivals "latter-day conquistadors."


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Nick on January 18, 2005 09:37 PM writes...

So, you just *happen* to have a brother who is a linguistic anthropologist who does research in Indonesia! Talk about lucky breaks...

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~DS~ on January 18, 2005 10:42 PM writes...

No casts were made of the specimens?

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dbm on January 19, 2005 12:43 PM writes...

More interesting comments on this Guardian article and H. floresiensis in general at John Hawks blog

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