The claims of an ancient human in the modern era are rocking the scientific community. Here’s what you need to know

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Do you remember the Hobbits from the incredibly popular Lord of the Rings book and film series? He looked like us humans, only smaller.

What if we told you that humans actually had an ancestor quite similar to JRR Tolkien’s character? These ancient humans are still alive, according to claims.

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Yes, you read that right. According to the claims presented by Gregory Forth, a retired anthropologist in his new book “Between Ape and Human”, the species called Homo Floresiensis is still very much alive. He lives on the Indonesian island of Flores, surviving into the modern era.

Homo Floresiensis is a Lilliputian primitive human species believed to have existed around 60,000 to 700,000 years ago.

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The species had been nicknamed “hobbit” due to its small size; it is thought to have stood less than 4 feet, a rough estimate is 3 feet, 6 inches or 106 centimeters tall.

They were tool makers and so far not much is known of their evolutionary history.

In the present day there have been claims of sightings of Hobbit-like people in Flores and Forth claims this could very well be our ancestors.

Speaking to Live Science, he said we simply don’t know when this species became extinct or “dare I say – we don’t even know if it’s extinct”.

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However, experts are skeptical of this claim. Some say it’s nearly impossible for a species to escape detection on an island of nearly two million people.

Whether or not Homo Floresiensis actually exists today remains to be seen. It could just be another puzzle like sasquatch or bigfoot, but stories of strange and seemingly alien creatures have always piqued people’s interest, and this is no exception.

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