The miniature race of Hobbits in The Lord Of The Rings movies actually
existed 18,000 years ago, scientists have discovered.
The species in Peter Jackson's film adaptation of JRR TOLKIEN's novels
were regarded as fictional creations until Australian researchers unearthed a
previously unknown species of miniature humans, which lived in the remote
Indonesian isle of
Flores and were stalked by giant elephants and rats.
Anthropologist DR ROBERT FOLEY says, "They've been nicknamed Hobbits after
the Lord of the Rings species, but their official name is Homo Floresiensis.
"Flores was a kind of lost world. It was home to a range of archaic
creatures extinct elsewhere, often morphed into dwarves or giant forms. We
think of humans being a particular size. This is far smaller than anything we
see today and yet it
survived for thousands of years."