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She's short, hairy and over 12,000 years old

Fudge, Erica (2004) She's short, hairy and over 12,000 years old. Times Higher Education Supplement, 1668 (Novemb). pp. 16-17.

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    Abstract

    The announcement in the journal Nature of a newly discovered skeleton of a "small-bodied hominin" - a new species of human - on the Indonesian island of Flores has created much media interest. Here, from perhaps only 12,000 years ago, is evidence that the human was not always so singular a being as millennia of philosophy might have us believe. Thinkers across the ages have made claims for the uniqueness of man (and he was man for a long time): man was the political animal, the only animal who laughed; he had language and a self-awareness that animals lacked. But this female skeleton, named LB1 after Liang Bua, her place of discovery, raises the possibility that such claims for human uniqueness are misplaced. If there was more than one kind of human, doesn't that imply that there might be more than one way of being human?

    Item type: Article
    ID code: 29552
    Keywords: history, philosophy, LB1, femail, human, History
    Subjects: History General and Old World
    Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > English
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      Depositing user: Pure Administrator
      Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2011 14:43
      Last modified: 04 Oct 2012 13:35
      URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/29552

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