(Image: Peter Brown)
I wanted to be an anthropologist or archaeologist when I was a kid. I was fascinated with Native American and ancient Egyptian cultures, and wanted to be Mary Leakey (the famous female anthropologist) when I grew up.
So I just salivate when I hear news that a prehistoric skeleton of a new species was found. How exciting to discover a new human ancestor! I'm amused how the British, Indian, Australian and South African press are comparing the new species to hobbits. The British (and their former colonies) sure love J.R.R. Tolkien.
Here's a snippet from the AP wire story about Homo floresiensis or Flores Man, Scientists Find Prehistoric Dwarf Skeleton.